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Metro sees mobility as a basic human right that allows communities and individuals to access the opportunities needed to thrive. We know disparities by race and place still exist in King County. We also know climate change threatens our economy, environment, health, and safety. As a public agency, it is Metro’s duty to assure our mobility services support livable communities, a thriving economy, and a sustainable environment. Safety and responsible financial stewardship remain core priorities for our agency.

We also know that transportation is changing rapidly. New technologies, services, apps, and innovations—from shared e-scooters to driverless delivery pods, ride-hailing, ride-sharing, and more—are changing the ways that people and goods get around. There are many more mobility options available today than a decade ago, and there will be still more in the years and decades to come.

The Mobility Framework will help Metro adapt to this changing transportation system in an equitable and sustainable way. Its recommendations will lead to updates to Metro’s policies during 2020, guide Metro’s budget and business planning, and help us work with partners around the region to encourage developing dense, affordable housing near transit, using public right-of-way equitably and effectively, and providing better access to mobility services.

We define equity as a system of fairness, providing full and equal access to opportunities, power and resources. King County is leading with racial justice because historical and racial inequities continue to affect all of us, and our region’s ability to thrive.

Climate change threatens the health and safety of people, the economy and environment. Transportation emissions are 36% of regional greenhouse gas emissions. The mobility framework will help guide Metro’s emissions reduction goals to do our part in creating a sustainable environment.

Metro is working with an Equity Cabinet to develop the framework. Cabinet members represent communities including, but not limited to, low-income populations, communities of color, immigrants and refugees, limited English-speaking populations, and people with disabilities. We’re also engaging our partners, stakeholders, elected officials, transit riders and employees throughout the process.

Calendar

Metro will be out in the community in this summer gathering feedback to help shape the Mobility Framework. This calendar will be updated regularly with meetings and events. If you would like Metro to attend an event or provide a briefing to your organization, please email Cindy Chen or call 206-263-8952.

Timeline

  • Recruiting and meeting with the Equity Cabinet.

    Gathering feedback from stakeholders about draft Guiding Principles.

    Reviewing Demographic and Travel Trends analysis.

    Reviewing Best Practices for centering equity and sustainability.

  • Metro and Equity Cabinet drafts recommendations for the Mobility Framework to center equity and sustainability.

    Metro and Equity Cabinet reviews analysis of potential outcomes of the draft recommendations.

    Metro engages low-income people, communities of color and native people, limited-English speaking people, immigrants and refugees, and disabled communities in in-person outreach to inform the draft recommendations.

    Metro gathers feedback from stakeholders, Metro employees, and transit riders to inform draft recommendations.

  • Metro and Equity Cabinet finalizes Recommendations.

    Metro and Equity Cabinet draft and finalize the Mobility Framework.

    Mobility Framework transmitted to King County Council by October 31, 2019.

  • Metro and Equity Cabinet (TBD) apply the Mobility Framework Recommendations to update Metro's policies, including the Strategic Plan for Public Transportation, Metro's Service Guidelines, METRO CONNECTS, and the King County's Strategic Climate Action Plan.

Mobility Framework Equity Cabinet

Metro is building on the success and momentum of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks Open Space Equity Cabinet, which worked to embed an equity-based approach into how the region invests in its open space infrastructure to redress the disparities in access to parks and open spaces. Metro is continuing the Equity Cabinet, with many of the same members and some new members, to identify opportunities to center equity and sustainability in how the region grows, integrates new mobility choices, and invests in its public transit and related infrastructure.

The cabinet includes 23 community leaders representing low-income communities, black, native and communities of color, immigrants and refugees, limited-English speaking people, and people with disabilities. The group will meet bi-monthly between May and September to provide direction to Metro and policy makers on:

  • Guiding principles to center equity and sustainability in Metro's planning, partnership model, and investment strategies for service and capital.
  • Potential policy updates to METRO CONNECTS (Metro's long range plan), Metro's Strategic Plan and Service Guidelines, and budget and resource planning and decision-making practices.

Once recommendations have been finalized, the group may continue to meet regularly to develop and refine specific policy updates as they are proposed to the Executive and make their way through King County Council decision-making.

Metro will organize meetings alternating between daytime and evening and rotating to different member's work sites who are able to host the group.

Cabinet Members

Name Organization
Paulina Lopez (Co-Chair) Duwamish River Clean-Up Coalition
Tony To (Co-Chair) HomeSight
Lylianna Allala Community and Environmental Leader
Michelle Benetua Seattle Parks Foundation
Niesha Brooks Community Leader
Leda Chahim Community Leader
Tameiko Cook ATU Secretary
Sareshea Evans Friends of Waterfront Seattle
Rita Green NAACP Youth Coalition
Mozart Guerrier 21 Progress
Ellany Kayce Nakani Native Program
Lavanya Madhusudan Got Green
Alex Mayo Community Activist
Munira Mohamed East African Community Services
Pah-tu Pitt self, The BIPOC Project
Jessica Ramirez Puget Sound Sage
Linwood Robinson King County Transit Advisory Commission
Sili Savusa White Center Community Development Association
Leo Segovia Ingersoll Gender Center
Jeff Smith United Indians of All Tribes
Chalisa Thompson Highline College
Anna Zivarts Rooted in Rights

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