Metro’s budget provides for the delivery of public transportation services to the people of King County. The largest of these is our fixed-route service, which includes more than 200 bus routes, Dial-A-Ride Transit, and the Seattle streetcars. Together they provided more than 122 million passenger trips in 2017.
2019-2020 budget priority: improve mobility
King County and the larger Puget Sound Region is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation.
Unfortunately, population and job growth are leading to paralyzing traffic congestion. The region is counting on Metro and our partner agencies to increase and expand public transportation services, improving mobility for all while protecting our environment.
The 2019-2020 budget supports Metro’s four-part strategy for delivering more and better mobility solutions.
Highlights of the 2019-2020 budget
Metro has a $1.9 billion operating budget for 2019-2020, and a $2 billion capital program for 2019-2024. The following are budget priorities and new investments:
- Increase bus service by 202,000 hours across King County
- Improve our Access program for people with disabilities and establish an Access Review Board to provide ongoing public oversight
- Work closely with stakeholders to design and start a fare based on income for those most in need
- Add base capacity for Metro’s growing bus fleet—including battery buses and charging stations
- Build six new RapidRide corridors to improve speed, reliability, and customer comfort
- Invest in existing buildings, bus stops, and other assets to keep them in good shape and support safe, reliable, and efficient operations
- Create a central hub to foster partnerships between Metro and cities, businesses, private mobility providers and others, to help us grow, offer new services, and improve transit infrastructure
- Support Metro’s work to engage community organizations as we plan services and programs
- Expand apprenticeship programs
- Start wellness centers at four bases
- Invest in employee training and development