Tailored to fit: Seeking Vashon participation to improve island transportation
You're probably familiar with Metro’s Vashon bus routes 118 and 119 and have seen our Access paratransit vehicles, but do you know about our alternative services program? Metro is working with communities across King County to develop innovative, customized mobility services to meet local transportation needs.
We’re exploring both tried-and-true approaches, like Metro routes with flexible service areas that are operated through a Metro/community partnership, and cutting-edge ideas like flexible, on-demand ridesharing that uses an app to connect drivers with people who want a ride right away.
Metro has been working with Vashon Island residents since September 2015 to learn what works—and what doesn’t work—about island transportation and look for areas that could be improved with alternative services.
Metro is working to finalize and launch a set of alternative service solutions based on public feedback received in April 2016 on proposed concepts and additional guidance from the stakeholder working group. Read a summary of the public feedback we received in April.
Three pilot projects are in the works
Residents provided feedback at an open house or via an online survey about whether these concepts would meet the needs we’ve identified, and whether they would be likely to use the services. The stakeholder working group provided guidance as Metro decided which solutions to pursue.
Four concepts were originally designed with input from the working group and shared with the public for input. Metro looked more closely at the capacity of Access vans to meet the transportation needs of the general public, and found that there would not be as much capacity as we had originally thought. We may consider implementing the concept we called "Open Door Access" later, depending how well the Community Van meets the community’s transportation needs.
Metro staff members are working on a plan for rolling out these solutions on the island. Stay tuned for updates!
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Metro’s Alternative Services Demonstration program brings service to parts of King County that don't have the infrastructure, density, or land use patterns to support a dense network of traditional fixed-route bus service. In such areas, alternative services may be a better match for community transportation needs. They may also be more cost-effective.
This four-year demonstration program is an opportunity to experiment with innovative transportation solutions. Learn more about the program and the solutions we’re considering or implementing in other communities.