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Communities help identify transit gaps and solutions

The way we get around is changing. New technology and ideas are creating opportunities to develop customized transportation solutions to complement traditional, fixed-route bus service.

Metro's Community Connections program is working with the communities of Bothell and Woodinville to identify transit gaps and alternative service ideas to address those gaps. From January through March 2016, we heard from people who live, work, or go to school in one or both of these places. Now we’re working with community partners on next steps.

Creative solutions

Community Connections are transportation solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of each community. That’s why we’re talking with people in Bothell and Woodinville over the next three months to learn about any transit gaps.

This program is an opportunity to experiment with innovative transportation models. Here are some options we’re currently presenting to communities for consideration:

  • Ridesharing: vans or other vehicles are provided by Metro for sharing rides to common destinations
  • A real-time ridematching app to help individuals carpool on the fly
  • An emergency-ride-home system that provides a way for riders to get home if they’ve been unexpectedly delayed or called home for an emergency when buses are not in service
  • A community information hub that provides resources and personal trip-planning assistance
  • Bicycle sharing or bike “libraries”

Latest news

We've finished public engagement for this project and are working with community partners to choose alternative services and decide on next steps.

  • Read the report we submitted to the King County Council describing our planning and outreach in Bothell and Woodinville.
  • Sign up for transit alerts for the routes you ride and visit this website to stay informed about next steps.

Have a say

Community involvement

Metro provided several opportunities to have a say:

  1. January 5-15, 2016 - Needs assessment: We asked for feedback from the public via an online survey to learn more about transit gaps in the community.
  2. February 2016 - Alternative service concepts: We asked for feedback from the public in a second online survey about preferred alternative service concepts to address the gaps identified earlier.
  3. January through March - Stakeholder working group: We facilitated a group of stakeholders who represent residents, students, and businesses to talk about transportation needs, priorities, and service concepts.

Read the report we submitted to the King County Council for details on our public engagement and what we heard. Metro worked with undergraduate students at the University of Washington Bothell on this public outreach process. This partnership will give students an opportunity to practice their research, analysis, and map-making skills on behalf of a Metro project.

Stakeholder working group

To kick off the outreach for this project, Metro convened a stakeholder working group. The group met from early January to mid-March to identify transit gaps, evaluate options, and make recommendations to complement today’s traditional, fixed-route bus service. Members included representatives of local organizations such as the University of Washington Bothell, Cascadia Community College, Community Transit, and local employers, social services, and jurisdictions.

More ways to get involved

There will be several ways for residents who are not members of the stakeholder working group to get involved in Metro’s Community Connections planning for Bothell and Woodinville.

  • Learn about Metro’s Alternative Services program. Read our alternative services plan and check this website for updates.
  • Share this information with your neighbors so they can get involved.

Contact us

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

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