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Working Together: What it Would Take to Form Partnerships The METRO CONNECTS vision would fundamentally change the way transit serves King County, and we would need to work together as a region to fully implement it. Achieving the vision depends on investments that enable transit to serve more people, in more places, in more ways. The METRO CONNECTS investment estimates were based on planning assumptions. Actual projects, costs, funding, and partnership contributions would be determined through the METRO CONNECTS Development Program. Metro has traditionally partnered with jurisdictions and agencies on specific projects or investments, such as RapidRide, transit signal priority, and speed and reliability investments. The METRO CONNECTS Development Program would expand partnerships to improve transit. While Metro intends to make substantial investments toward our vision, full implementation of METRO CONNECTS would require investments from our partners as well. We would collaborate to refine needs and costs and to identify partnership opportunities in areas such as land-use zoning, traffic operations, transportation infrastructure and policies, and grant coordination as well as new and innovative kinds of partnerships. Examples of what the partnerships could do: •

Improve and emphasize transit-supportive land-use policies around the county.

Expand and improve infrastructure for RapidRide, other frequent routes, and all-day express service, to keep them running fast and on time.

Help support an increase in bus service by more than 70 percent by 2040.

Improve access to transit by increasing park-andride capacity, bicycle and pedestrian paths, and secure bicycle parking facilities at major transit hubs around King County.

We recognize that there is inherent risk in pursuing this bold vision. The scale and collaborative nature of METRO CONNECTS would require internal and external changes. Part of the work of the Development Program would be to identify key areas of risk and develop strategies to successfully navigate challenges. Metro would work with both large and small cities to help meet their needs and move partnership projects forward together. Our estimated capital investment is based on planning assumptions. Table B-2 in Appendix B highlights the assumed partnership contributions, and detailed descriptions of these assumptions are located in Appendices B through F. Actual costs would be determined through the METRO CONNECTS Development Program.

• Support innovations in customer service and operations by adopting programs and tools to improve the quality, quantity, and analysis of the data we share with the region. • Scale up Metro’s capacity to deliver the capital and service improvements envisioned in METRO CONNECTS by engaging in proactive and opportunistic planning with regional partners. •

Build safe and comfortable passenger facilities that accommodate many more people, make transfers among services easy, and meet jurisdictions’ needs.

ATTAINING THE VISION – INVESTING TOGETHER

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Profile for King County Metro Transit

METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan  

King County Metro Transit’s vision for bringing you more service, more choices, and one easy-to-use system over the next 25 years.

METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan  

King County Metro Transit’s vision for bringing you more service, more choices, and one easy-to-use system over the next 25 years.