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Help us develop new transportation services

Metro and the City of Des Moines are working to bring new transportation service to the city’s growing communities.

In May and June, we asked people who work in Des Moines to help us identify local transportation needs that might be filled through our Community Connections program.

We used the feedback we received to develop five new transportation options for Des Moines. Please review them below and tell us what you think — would these services help meet your employee transportation needs?

Five transportation options

Users will be able to request rides in Metro VanPools without having to commit to a recurring trip. Trip pairs include rides between home neighborhoods and work, home neighborhoods and transit centers, and work and transit centers.

A smaller Metro bus route that includes a fixed-route part with regular stops and flexible service stops for which riders call ahead to schedule a pickup or drop-off.

Riders would use a smartphone app to request trips to or from the Angle Lake light rail station, on-demand or reserved in advance. The vehicles may pick up other riders along the way. Each trip would cost the same as a standard Metro fare. Ideal for employees who work midday, late, or weekend shifts and don’t have the option to take transit to or from a nearby transit center.

Workers can check out Metro vehicles located at worksites during designated times. Provides midday transportation options for workers who take transit or use VanPools to get to work.

Lets you use a bike for a short time to get from one place to another within a few miles.

Why Des Moines?

The Des Moines Creek Business Park, which opened in 2016, is expected to bring 2,500 new workers to the area, including 1,600 when the Federal Aviation Administration moves its regional headquarters there in 2018. The business park is part of a larger project area that includes S 216th Street and the downtown Des Moines Marina District. Today, workers and residents in these areas have no direct transit connection to the Angle Lake light rail station.

Have a say

Community involvement

Take our survey—If you work in the project area, you can participate in this project by taking our current survey by August 31.

Stakeholder working group—This group includes representatives from employers, developers, and other Des Moines organizations. It gives us input about transportation needs, advises us as we reach out to people in the area, and will help us design potential solutions to the transportation needs they’ve identified.

Learn about other Have a Say projects

Contact us

Jenna Franklin
Community Relations Planner
Send Jenna an email
or call 206-477-6679

About Community Connections

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, and/or emerging technology.

Learn more about Community Connections

Customer services offices
Lost & found
Comment forms
Transit police