Moving forward together
The number one priority is the safety of passengers, transit employees, and communities. In early 2020, our regional transit network safely delivered more than 400,000 daily trips on Metro and another 100,000 on Sound Transit.
Our transit system was also the first in the country to respond to COVID-19 and quickly implemented an array of health enhancements guided by experts. Metro is committed to continuous improvement and is constantly examining new practices and technologies.
Driven by the belief that mobility is a human right, Metro prioritizes service where needs are greatest. Metro’s Mobility Framework, which guides the agency’s pro-equity approach, received the Innovation Award for Equity and Social Justice from Executive Constantine.
Metro’s dedication to equity is evidenced also by a fare model that provides discounted or free trips to customers with disabilities, residents with low incomes, seniors, and youth, and by the nearly one million trips delivered each year by its Access paratransit service.
Transit is one of the greenest forms of transportation in our region. Metro takes the equivalent of 190,000 cars off the road every day and has an annual net reduction of 600,000 metric tons of carbon per year. Public transportation reduces pollution locally and combats the climate crisis globally.
Metro retired its last diesel-only bus in 2020 and its first order of next-generation battery-electric buses will start serving customers in spring 2021. In support of King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP), Metro fully transition to a zero-emission fleet by 2040 or sooner.