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New transit concepts

Last spring, Metro's Community Connections program began working with the communities of Kirkland and south Kenmore to identify transit gaps created in September 2014 when Metro deleted two routes that served these areas. A stakeholder working group helped us prioritize transportation needs that might be met by innovative, custom mobility services.

Thanks to those who have shared their thoughts with us.

This fall we described the solutions we came up with, and asked what you thought of them. Metro is reviewing the feedback received with our stakeholder working group to decide how we'll move forward. Stay tuned for details on the solutions we'll be implementing.

Creative solutions

Alternative transportation services are solutions that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each community. This program is an opportunity to experiment with innovative transportation models.

Here are some options we’re presenting to Kirkland and south Kenmore for consideration:

  • Community van: Metro provides vans for local prescheduled group trips that are arranged by a Community Transportation Coordinator and driven by volunteer drivers.
  • SchoolPool: is a free and secure ridematch program that connects parents of children attending the same school who want to carpool, bike, or walk together.
  • TripPool: is a “first-mile connection” for commuters. It provides real-time ridesharing that connects users—both drivers and riders—to transit.

Latest news

In partnership with our stakeholder working group, we're considering public feedback we received earlier this fall on three transportation solutions designed for Kirkland and south Kenmore. Stay tuned for next steps.

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Community involvement

Here’s an overview of how we’re involving the public:

  • Spring 2016—Needs assessment: We worked with a stakeholder working group to learn more about transit gaps in the community.
  • September-October—Alternative service concepts: We’re asking for public feedback about alternative service ideas to address these transit gaps.
  • Late fall/winter—Planning and implementation: We’ll reconvene our stakeholder working group to reflect on our survey results and provide guidance about what solutions to move forward with. Then we’ll work with local jurisdictions or other partners to create the solutions.

Stakeholder working group

Metro formed a stakeholder working group last spring to help us identify and prioritize transportation needs and shape customized solutions for Kirkland and south Kenmore. Members included representatives of local organizations such as Bastyr, the Northshore Senior Center, local neighborhood associations, and jurisdictions.

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Contact us

DeAnna Martin
Community Relations Planner
Send DeAnna an email
or call 206-477-3835

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