Renton-Kent-Auburn Mobility Project
Goals: Deliver an upgraded, integrated mobility network with fixed-route network changes in September 2020, including a new frequent route between Renton, Kent, and Auburn that will be upgraded to the RapidRide I Line in 2023.
Areas: Algona, Auburn, Burien, Covington, Kent, Maple Valley, Pacific, Renton, SeaTac, Seattle, Tukwila, and unincorporated King County
Affected routes: 102, 105, 148, 150, 157, 158, 159, 164, 166, 168, 169, 180, 183, 186, 190, 192, 906, 908, 910, 913, 915, 916, 917, 952
Changes to fixed-route service will begin in September 2020 and the RapidRide I Line will begin service in 2023.
King County Metro Transit (Metro) is working to connect Renton, Kent, Auburn and the surrounding areas with high-quality, frequent, and reliable bus service. As part of this effort, starting in March of 2019, Metro launched a three-phase community engagement process including convening a local Mobility Board made up of those who live, work, and travel within Renton, Kent, Auburn, and surrounding communities, including community members, community-based organizations (CBOs), and jurisdictional partners to develop the Renton-Kent-Auburn Area Mobility Plan (AMP).
This Mobility Board explored and identified the needs, opportunities, and gaps in service. Then evaluated possible options to revise, integrate, and connect the cities of Renton, Kent, Auburn, Covington, Algona, Pacific and the surrounding areas.
The result is a network of service that was developed in partnership with the local community and designed to increase local bus service; add fast, frequent, and reliable bus rapid transit service through the RapidRide I Line; and provide additional fixed-route and flexible services. The changes will improve the places people can get to by transit, and at more times of day, throughout the project area.
Identified community stakeholders, needs, and priorities. Metro collected quantitative and qualitative data and identified several barriers to transit use, as well as several improvements that would encourage more transit use.
Developed proposed concepts for change and engagened public through surveys, on board engagement, and at community events. Almost 1,000 riders provided feedback and comments on the proposed concepts.
Metro presented a proposed network of service changes to the public and gathered feedback through online and onboard surveys and at community events.
Metro finalized a recommended network based on public input and the Mobility Board’s recommendation.
King County Council voted to adopt Metro’s recommendation.
Adopted changes to scheduled bus service take effect with Metro's September service change.