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Metro Connects

Executive Summary

This focus aligns with a “targeted universalism” approach consistent with King County’s Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan which defines targeted universalism as “defining outcomes for all, identifying obstacles faced by specific groups, and tailoring strategies and building on assets to address barriers.” 3 Metro’s universal outcomes are captured in its mission to “provide the best possible public transportation services and improve regional mobility and quality of like in King County” and vision to “deliver a regional, innovative, and integrated mobility network that is safe, equitable, and sustainable.” The plan outlines how Metro will develop and enact targeted approaches and investments with and for communities with the greatest needs—priority populations. By making investments tailored to community needs, Metro can improve mobility and thereby priority populations’ access to the determinants of equity. Priority populations: people who are Black, Indigenous, and of color; have low or no-income; are immigrants or refugees; have disabilities; or are linguistically diverse. Metro defined which populations to focus on in partnership with the King County Office of Equity and Social Justice and the Equity Cabinet as part of the development of the adopted Mobility Framework.

Metro Connects lays the groundwork for next steps by establishing needs for future road, land-use, service, and technology improvements as well as policies that support the vision for future transit. It helps cities understand the service envisioned for their communities and describes the vital role cities play in creating and supporting transit access on their street networks, capital investments and transitsupportive land use and development. Though the service networks in Metro Connects are important guides, community engagement will drive service changes, ensuring they respond to communityidentified needs. Metro Connects is an intentionally unconstrained vision, reflecting the imagination and input of many stakeholders and partners. Metro Connects is ambitious, expensive, and only partially funded, with the 2050 network expected to cost more than $28 billion in capital expenses and require more than seven million annual service hours, more than a 70 percent increase from 2019. 4 Metro will only achieve Metro Connects through a cycle of growing its network and connecting people to mobility services, measuring progress, demonstrating value, securing additional funding, and continuing to grow. Metro cannot do this alone. Metro, elected leaders, regional partners, and communities must work together to secure additional regional funding and partner on projects and improvements.


King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan

Estimates are at the time of transmittal of the 2021 updated Metro Connects. Metro expects costs will change as Metro Connects is implemented. Metro updated the cost estimates partly in response to King County Council motion 15252. 4

King County Metro Long Range Plan