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Thanks for helping shape transportation services in southeast King County

No “one size fits all” approach to transit can meet every community's needs. So we worked with communities in southeast King County to find transportation options that will be more cost-effective—and better meet the needs of residents and riders—than regular bus service.

New and revised services

Beginning Feb. 20, this reservation-based service will run Monday–Friday between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. It will serve parts of Black Diamond and Enumclaw, and also connect the two cities via Highway 169.

Reserve your ride at least two hours (or up to 30 days) before your pickup time in the following ways:

  • Call 866-261-3278 during these hours: Weekdays 5 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturdays 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sundays: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Reserve online

Reservations are first-come, first served. Standard Metro fares apply.

On March 11, Metro will make the following changes:

  • Shorten Route 907 to run between the Renton Transit Center and Black Diamond.
  • Increase service on Route 907 so buses will come every hour.
  • Remove the Route 907 DART deviation area in Renton.
  • Add a new south extension of Route 915 from Griffin Avenue and Wells Street to McDougal Avenue (the Enumclaw part of current Route 907).

In March 2016, Metro invested 2,070 annual service hours in DART Route 915 to provide hourly service on weekdays between Enumclaw and Auburn. Our current changes to DART routes 907 and 915 are consistent with Option C, the preferred alternative identified during our Phase 2 outreach.

Why we’re making these changes: Route 907, which runs between the Renton Transit Center and Enumclaw along State Route 169, is one of Metro’s lowest-performing DART routes. The part of the route between Black Diamond and Enumclaw has very few riders—just over one per trip, on average.

In contrast, State Route 164 between Auburn and Enumclaw, which is partly served by Route 915, is underserved according to our service guidelines. During outreach for this project, many Route 907 riders told us their destinations were beyond Renton, and that Route 915 to Auburn is also an option for them, but they see the additional cost of paying cash for a transfer to Sound Transit as a barrier.

Based on this early feedback, we developed a fixed-route concept (called Option C) to shorten Route 907 so it ends at Black Diamond instead of Enumclaw and reinvest the service hours to better meet rider needs in the corridor. In our Phase 2 outreach, participating riders chose Option C as their preferred alternative. On June 9, the project's stakeholder working group also recommended that Metro change Route 907 according to Option C.

In September 2015, we added an evening trip to Route 186, leaving Auburn Station at 7 p.m.

Why: Adding service later in the evening addressed one of the most common requests we heard during our Phase 1 outreach. We were able to add this trip at no extra cost because of savings from adjusting our routes to accommodate Sounder service changes in September 2015.

We're developing an emergency-ride-home program.

If riders miss their connecting routes in Renton or Auburn during evenings or weekends when fixed-route service is not available, this service would provide the last leg of the trip to get them home. The service could be provided by taxis or transportation network companies such as Uber or Lyft, as well as any Metro TripPool vehicles stationed at the transit centers. Riders would have to preregister for the program.

Why: Some residents may already have access to Metro's guaranteed ride home program through their employers or Metro VanPools, but many do not. Since fixed-route service ends in the early evening, a missed connection could leave them stranded in Renton or Auburn with no way to get home. We heard concern about this from current riders during our first two phases of outreach.

We're encouraging people to use Metro Vanpool, Vanshare, and TripPool services.

These existing services can be started today. Their parking and HOV lane advantages can shorten commute times. Lower costs for fuel, maintenance, and parking mean less transportation spending for participants. And reduced pollution benefits the environment.

Learn more about Metro's Vanpool and Vanshare programs »

We’re working with the City of Auburn to add Auburn as a TripPool pilot community along with Mercer Island. We’ll post details as they become available.

Learn more about real-time ridesharing with Metro TripPool »

Why: More than half of survey responders expressed interest in trying a Metro Vanpool or Vanshare. With this area’s limited fixed-route service and long travel distances, ridesharing could be a good option for commuters traveling to the same destinations, such as employment centers in South Lake Union, Issaquah, or Redmond.

Why we're doing this

Southeast King County is the second of several rural areas where Metro is shaping future service according to the county's adopted alternative services plan. The plan is a framework for what fixed-route bus service—and also potential alternatives to this costly service—might look like in less-populated areas as Metro seeks ways to get the most out of every available transit dollar.

In addition to regularly scheduled bus service, Metro provides alternative services like community vans, DART (Demand Area Response Transit) service, and a variety of VanPool and VanShare options. Learn more

Have a say

Community involvement

In April 2015 we asked for feedback about how people were using transit service, what barriers they experienced, and how service could be improved. Then we worked with local partners to design concepts to address some of the needs we heard about. After getting public feedback about these concepts in May 2015, we identified a set of changes to move forward with.

Read our report summarizing feedback received in two phases of outreach in Spring 2015.

Contact us

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

Timeline

We're collaborating with local jurisdictions and stakeholders to develop ideas for better meeting mobility needs in southeast King County.

  • Outreach phase 1: Gather input from the public on transportation needs and ways we might meet those needs.
  • Use the input received to develop some alternative service concepts.
  • Outreach phase 2: Share alternative concepts with the public and gather feedback on how those concepts might meet the needs identified in phase 1.
  • Choose idea(s) that will best meet everyone's needs.
  • Design community van and other alternative service options.
  • King County Council considers increasing frequency of Route 915.
  • Metro increased frequency on Route 915 so buses come every hour.
  • King County Council considers routing and service level changes to DART routes 907 and 915.
  • Educate the public about changes to bus service coming in March 2017, new service options available to them, and how ORCA can help them make the most of available services.
  • Introduce new demand-responsive service between Black Diamond and Enumclaw to maintain the connection between these communities for Route 907 riders. Service will be available on weekdays between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., mirroring current Route 907.
  • If adopted, shorten Route 907 and increase its frequency to every hour; extend Route 915 to cover Route 907 routing in Enumclaw.

Información importante sobre el servicio de autobuses de su zona

Para solicitar esta información en español, sírvase llamar al 206-263-9988 o envíe un mensaje de correo electrónico a community.relations@kingcounty.gov.

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