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King County Metro has partnered with the City of Issaquah to bring innovative mobility solutions to the Squak Mountain and Talus communities.

In February 2018, we asked residents and workers in Squak Mountain and Talus to help us identify local mobility needs that might be filled through our Community Connections program. We used this input to develop four mobility service concepts, which we asked for your feedback on. Based on your feedback, King County Metro and the City of Issaquah agreed to move forward with implementation of two solutions.

Solution concept descriptions

Peak Ride

Peak Ride will be a paid-driver, commuter service that would take residents and workers in Squak Mountain and Talus to and from the Issaquah Transit Center. This service is planned to operate Monday to Friday, from 6–9 a.m. and from 4–7 p.m. One vehicle will travel along a designated route between the Issaquah Transit Center and the Squak Mountain community, and a separate vehicle will travel along a designated route between the Issaquah Transit Center and the Talus community. The vehicles will circulate through each route about every 25 minutes. The vehicles will be accessible and can accommodate bikes. Riders will pay a standard Metro fare, and transfers will be accepted and issued.

Trip examples

  • A Squak Mountain resident who works in downtown Seattle takes the morning Peak Ride from her neighborhood to the Issaquah Transit Center to catch the ST-554 bus.
  • After work, a Talus resident who works at Microsoft takes the route 269 bus from the Overlake Transit Center to the Issaquah Transit Center, then catches the evening Peak Ride to his neighborhood.
On-Demand Ride

On-Demand Ride allows Squak Mountain and Talus residents and workers to request rides through a mobile app or by making a phone call. Trips can be taken between the Squak Mountain and Talus neighborhoods and select, local destinations, such as the Issaquah Transit Center, shopping centers, and downtown Issaquah, during weekday off-peak hours (9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.–12:00 a.m.). Riders pay a standard Metro fare.

Trip examples

  • A Talus resident gets a ride from home to a Wednesday afternoon medical appointment at the Swedish Issaquah Campus, and then another ride back home after the appointment.
  • A Squak Mountain couple gets a ride home after seeing a play at the Village Theater on Friday night.
  • Two friends from Rose Crest get a ride home from the Issaquah Transit Center after catching a Mariners game on a Tuesday night.

Why Squak Mountain and Talus?

While Squak Mountain and Talus are close to the Issaquah Transit Center, SR-900 and I-90, these communities are hampered by steep terrain and poor walkability. These neighborhoods lack direct access to existing transit service in Issaquah, which contributes to the lack of transit connections from these communities to nearby amenities and services.

Community involvement

As part of this project, Metro formed a Stakeholder Working Group whose membership includes representatives from both Squak Mountain and Talus, Imagine Housing, Timber Ridge, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, local human service providers and Issaquah schools. This group helped us increase community awareness of and involvement in this project, identify transportation needs and gaps in Squak Mountain and Talus, and inform the development of these mobility solutions to meet the community’s transportation needs.

Contact us

Maha Jahshan
Communications and Public Engagement Planner
Send an email
or call 206-263-2456

About Community Connections

Community Connections outreach is part of Metro’s Mobility Division. Metro is committed to becoming a mobility agency that both provides public transportation and combines new travel options. By becoming a mobility agency, Metro is positioned to fulfill our mission: Provide the best possible public transportation services and improve regional mobility and quality of life in King County. Community Connections outreach contributes to this vision by identifying and implementing new and innovative mobility solutions that complement public transit in King County.

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