King County Metro and the City of Redmond are working together to bring better transportation services to Education Hill, Bear Creek, Downtown and the Southeast neighborhoods of Redmond. A survey launched May 15 will help shape potential solutions.
People who live or travel in Redmond neighborhoods are invited to take a survey about community transportation needs. This survey will be open May 15-28.
Metro and the City of Redmond will use the feedback received to develop potential solutions that Metro’s Community Connections program can help provide, with the goal of improving transportation options in areas that are not well served by fixed-route bus service.
King County Metro and the City of Redmond have formed a stakeholder working group for this project. Recently Metro and Redmond teamed up on the Redmond LOOP service, a weekday shuttle circulating every 45 minutes. The pilot project was recently concluded, and service was not extended due to low ridership. The working group will take lessons learned from that pilot project and work to develop replacement options that will better serve the community.
Key stakeholders—including seniors, businesses, and community advocates—are participating in the working group. This group will help us increase community awareness and involvement in this project, identify transportation gaps in this area of Redmond, and inform the development of mobility solutions to improve the community’s transportation services.
Community connections meeting the needs of riders
Metro provides bus service on more than 200 routes to meet the needs of people across a growing and changing county, and the agency’s Community Connections program works to respond to the specific mobility needs of communities where a fixed-route bus may not be the best way to meet people’s travel needs. Recent Community Connections projects that have successfully emerged as a result of working with communities are on the street and serving customers with Community Van services in Duvall, Bothell and Woodinville, North Kirkland and Kenmore, Vashon, Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, as well as Community Ride services in Normandy Park and Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.