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Do you live or work in the Squak Mountain or Talus communities of Issaquah? If so, we’d like your help improving mobility solutions in your community.

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. Now, we need your feedback to determine if these services would help you get where you need to go in Issaquah.

We want to hear from you!

We want to hear from you! If you live or work in the Squak Mountain and Talus communities of Issaquah, please tell us what you think about our proposed mobility service concepts by taking our survey by July 27.

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To request a survey in a different format, please contact us.

Solution concept descriptions

Peak Ride
A paid-driver, commuter service that would take residents and workers in Squak Mountain and Talus to and from the Issaquah Transit Center. In the morning, riders would be picked up in Squak Mountain and Talus and dropped off at the Issaquah Transit Center to catch their departing transit connections. In the evening, riders arriving at the Issaquah Transit Center would be picked up and dropped off in Squak Mountain and Talus. This service would operate Monday to Friday, from 6 AM - 9 AM, and again from 4 PM - 7 PM each day. One vehicle would travel along a designated route between the Issaquah Transit Center and the Squak Mountain community, and a separate vehicle would travel along a designated route between the Issaquah Transit Center and the Talus community. The vehicles would circulate through each route approximately every 25 minutes. The vehicles would be ADA-accessible and accommodate bikes. Riders would pay a standard Metro fare, and transfers would be accepted and issued.
On-Demand Ride
Allows Squak Mountain and Talus residents and workers to request rides, on-demand, through a mobile app, or by making a telephone call. Trips could be taken between the Squak Mountain and Talus neighborhoods and select, local destinations, such as the Issaquah Transit Center, shopping centers and downtown, during weekday off-peak hours (9 AM - 3:30 PM and 7 PM - 5:30 AM). Riders would pay a standard Metro fare.
Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC)
A transportation resource for the Squak Mountain and Talus communities. The CTC would oversee the Squak Mountain/Talus Community Connections services, as well as promote other transportation services available to these communities.
Community Van
A van provided by Metro for local, non-commute, group trips (two or more riders) that meet community-identified transportation needs. Riders can join prescheduled group trips, or request their own group trip. Trips can be taken throughout the day, evening and on weekends. A Community Transportation Coordinator matches trip requests with available, volunteer drivers, who pick up riders at prearranged stops along the way to the destination. Volunteer drivers ride fare-free, and riders pay a standard Metro fare. The vans are able to accommodate bicycles, and accessible vans are available upon request.

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.

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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 is helping 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 mobility solutions to meet the community’s transportation needs.

More about Have a Say

Contact us

Jenna Franklin
Community Relations Planner
Send Jenna an email
or call 206-477-6679

About Community Connections

Community Connections is a four-year (2015-2018) demonstration program in which Metro works with local governments and community partners to develop innovative and cost-efficient transportation solutions in areas of King County that don’t have the infrastructure, density, or land use to support regular, fixed-route bus service. The program aims to develop, test, and evaluate new transportation services that take advantage of innovative ideas, unique partnerships, or emerging technology.

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