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Help us bring innovative transportation service to Sammamish

Thousands of people in Sammamish rely on transit to get around each day, but regular bus service doesn’t meet all of the community’s transportation needs.

What’s happening now

In early 2017, Metro asked people who live, work, or go to school in Sammamish to help us identify local transportation gaps that might be filled through our Community Connections program (formerly called Alternative Services).

Almost 500 people took our survey (see a summary of their input). We reviewed their feedback with the help of a stakeholder group, and developed four service ideas that are tailor-made for Sammamish:

  • Community Ride—A reservation-based service that travels within a specific service area based on where people want to go.
  • Community Mobility Hub—A “one-stop shop” for community transportation that could include transit information, a place for riders to meet ride providers, and more. Sammamish might have multiple Community Mobility Hubs at places like neighborhood centers or central gathering places (such as the Klahanie Pool/Information Center or the Sammamish Commons).
  • HighSchoolPool—This extension of Metro’s SchoolPool program helps reduce traffic and pollution by promoting and supporting carpools among high school students.
  • AfterSchoolPool—This extension of Metro's SchoolPool program helps kids safely get where they need to go after school.
Learn more about these concepts and tell us what you think by June 16.

Why Sammamish?

Sammamish is served by Metro routes 216, 219, and 269; Sound Transit Route 554; and Metro’s Access service for riders who can’t use regular buses because of a disability. In 2014, Metro deleted Route 927, which provided two-way, fixed-route van service between Sammamish and Issaquah and “dial-a-ride” service in certain areas, including Klahanie.

We deleted Route 927 partly because of a budget shortfall that forced us to reduce service across the county, but also because fewer people were using the route. It’s possible that, even though it was still useful to some riders, it no longer met the needs of a changing community.

In 2016, Metro and the City of Sammamish agreed to partner on an Alternative Services (now Community Connections) project. By reaching out to residents, students, employers, and organizations, Metro and Sammamish hope to learn what public transportation services people need and want, and whether one or more of this program’s innovative transportation options would be a good fit.

Have a say

Community involvement

In 2016, Metro worked with the City of Sammamish to form a stakeholder working group to offer guidance throughout our planning and engagement. The group’s members represent a variety of organizations, transit users, and community residents, and serve as liaisons between us and the community at large.

The stakeholder working group gives us input about transportation needs and gaps; advice and assistance to maximize our community engagement through public surveys and other types of outreach; and active participation as we refine potential solutions to meet the community’s needs.

Sammamish residents who are not members of the stakeholder working group can also get involved by learning about the four service ideas and giving us feedback on them.

  • Take our survey by June 16.
  • Share this information with your neighbors so they can get involved too.

Contact us

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

About Community Connections

Metro’s Community Connections 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 already providing in other communities.

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