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King County Metro's 'In Motion' program lands on Mercer Island

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Mercer Island residents interested in taking a pledge to drive less and try new travel options can now sign up with King County Metro’s In Motion program.

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Mercer Island residents interested in taking a pledge to drive less and try new travel options can now sign up with King County Metro’s In Motion program.

In Motion provides opportunities for Mercer Island residents to try using the bus, walking, bicycling and carpooling instead of driving alone. By taking a pledge to drive less between now and Dec. 6, Mercer Island residents can receive a free ORCA card good for two weeks of unlimited travel or travel mug, as well as request information like neighborhood maps and transit schedules.

This 12-week program will provide Island residents with the tools and information they need to begin exploring different travel options.

In Motion has engaged over 20,000 people in 32 King County neighborhoods since it began in 2004. The In Motion team will be present at Mercer Island community events and sharing info on social media to help Island residents explore their travel options.

Metro also is promoting the new Mercer Island Community Shuttle (Route 630) with peak-hour service between Mercer Island and Downtown Seattle. This service includes a flexible routing area in the Shorewood area of the Island, where residents can schedule a pickup.

Another new pilot project coming later this fall is TripPool, which guarantees a parking space at the Mercer Island Park & Ride and eliminates scrambling to find parking in the morning. Volunteer drivers get free gas, maintenance, and the use of a Metro Commuter Van. We’re recruiting volunteer drivers now.

To learn more and sign up, visit Metro’s In Motion page and click on the Mercer Island tab. Residents can sign up until Dec. 6 and questions can be directed to theislandinmotion@kingcounty.gov.