Innovation in action
Community Connections is a four-year (2015-2018) demonstration program in which Metro works with local governments and community partners to develop innovative and cost-efficient transportation solutions in areas of King County that don’t have the infrastructure, density, or land use to support regular, fixed-route bus service. The program aims to develop, test, and evaluate new transportation services that take advantage of innovative ideas, unique partnerships, or emerging technology.
Metro is pleased to have the opportunity to initiate pilot projects with a new set of communities beginning in 2017. The newest projects now underway are:
- in the Eastgate-Factoria area of Bellevue;
- with Lake Washington Institute of Technology in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Kirkland, and
- with the cities of Des Moines and Normandy Park as they prepare for a large influx of employees to the Des Moines Creek Business Park in early 2018.
Stay tuned for more projects kicking off this year in the Kent Valley Manufacturing Industrial Center, the Squak Mountain and Talus communities in Issaquah, the SODO area of Seattle, and Newcastle.
We are currently partnering with the following communities to develop Community Connections projects. Learn more about each project:
After assessing needs, conducting outreach and identifying solutions, services are launched in pilot mode, usually for a two-year period. During this time Metro and its partners jointly monitor performance. Learn about all the great mobility options now available in the following communities:
To date, Community Connections has developed six new service solutions: Community Ride, Community Shuttle, Community Van, Community Transportation Hub, Real-Time Rideshare and TripPool. Metro is also considering new ideas which includes buses that respond to real-time requests, promotional partnerships with Taxi and Transportation Network companies, and “space-available open door” access to eligibility-based services. As we continue to work with communities on our pilot projects, we expect to develop other ideas for innovative, customized services.