Why Metro matters
Transit is good for our economy, our environment, and our people.
Demand for transit is at an all-time high, but the Central Puget Sound region is growing faster than anywhere in the United States. Recent studies project 30% more people by 2040.
As we continue to grow, public transportation will play an increasingly important role in reducing congestion, protecting our environment, and getting more people where they need to go.
In cities everywhere, transit is the most effective way to move the most people. One full Metro bus carries the same number of people as 60+ cars.
We spend 34 minutes of every peak commute hour stuck in traffic.
We are stuck in traffic 83 hours per hear. That’s enough time to:
- Listen to the entire Pearl Jam catalog 9 times.
- Hike Mount Si 17 times.
- Attend your kid's school play 55 times.
- Watch the Seahawks play 26 times
Our beautiful county is home to 2 million people and 1.3 million jobs, and is one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S. There is expected to be 30% more people by 2040.
Metro is part of a healthy transportation system that frees us to go where we need to and do things we enjoy.
89% of Metro riders own a car and choose to ride the bus. Customers say "Even though I own a car":
- "I ride the bus downtown for a cheaper and stress-free daily commute".
- "I take light rail to the stadium so I don’t have to fight game day traffic".
- "I ride with others so I don’t have to buy another car".
- "I drive my car to the store when I’ll have a lot to carry".
- "I bike to work to build exercise into my day".
Transit takes 175,000 cars off the road each weekday, reducing congestion and saving everyone time — whether or not you ride the bus.
Hills, lakes, and bridges limit road space.
Transit carries more people in the same amount of space (40 people driving alone compare to 400 people with transit).
Metro provides 400,000 rides each weekday. And demand is still growing!
King County is Washington state's economic hub, and Metro provides reliable daily transportation to job centers across the region.
Two-thirds of downtown Seattle's 200,000 workers are choosing better ways to commute than driving alone.
More than 1,600 local companies contract with Metro for employee bus passes.
Operating the nation's second largest fleet of zero-emission electric buses uses less energy, reduces pollution, and makes for healthier communities.
By the numbers: Metro's environmental benefits (Net Annual):
- Transit takes 175,000 cars o the road each weekday, which keeps our air cleaner
- 70 Million gallons of gasoline saved. That's enough to power the driving habits of every household in Bellevue and Kent for a year.
- 1.4 Billion fewer vehicle miles logged on local roads. That's equal to traveling to Mars and back 5 times.
- 600,000 fewer metric tons of CO2 released in the air. That's equal to 15 million trees planted and grown for 10 years.
Metro provides transit for all of us.
All kinds of people use transit. For many of us, it's our only option because of age, income, or ability.
Because it's the right thing to do, Metro connects us to the most important places in our lives—jobs, school, health care, family, and friends.
Metro will offer a reduced fare starting in 2015 to provide more people and communities with transportation choices.
What’s within 1/4 mile of a bus stop?
- 76% of low-income household.
- 77% of jobs in King County.
- Local colleges where a total of 150,000+ students attend.
Access and community transportation
Metro services people who are ADA paratransit eligible.
Using transit saves you money
You can save up to $1,000 per month
King County is committed to moving people better and working with communities to improve transit service for everyone.
- Stable Funding Sources: Metro will collect $1.2 billion less in sales tax than was projected for 2009-2015. King County leaders will continue to work with the Legislature to create sustainable funding authority for Metro.
- Integrating with Sound Transit: Customer satisfaction with Metro reached 85% in 2013. Integrating more services with Sound Transit will lead to new opportunities for making the rider experience even better.
- Innovative Services: Metro will continue to innovate and adapt to ever-changing needs, which what services like RapidRide are all about. Ridership on Metro’s RapidRide lines up nearly 40% and far outpacing the bus routes they replaced.