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.
In response to increasing parking congestion at popular nearby trailheads, King County Metro and King County Parks have partnered to pilot Trailhead Direct.
Starting Saturday, August 5, hikers can park at Issaquah Transit Center or Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride then ride to Margaret’s Way Trailhead, Poo Poo Point Trailhead, and the East Sunset Way Trailhead. This service will operate only on weekends and holidays until the end of October, and resume for the next hiking season in early spring 2018.
Trailhead Direct vehicles will leave the Issaquah Transit Center every 30 minutes between the hours of 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
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.