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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

From the office of Dow Constantine

King County Executive Dow Constantine is inviting the public to share their thoughts on Metro's long-range plan to create a seamless transit system that provides passengers with more fast, reliable options to get to more destinations.

Metro Transit created an online survey and will co-host a series of open houses with Sound Transit where residents can provide their thoughts on the draft of the plan -- Metro Connects -- that will set the course for what transportation will look like in 25 years as King County's population continues to grow.

"I invite everyone to share their ideas as we finalize the long-range plan that will shape the future of transportation in our region," said Executive Constantine. "Metro Connects will be our atlas as we create an integrated transit system that provides more choices to get to more places on time."

The new Link light rail that connects downtown Seattle to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington – with more frequent Metro bus service connecting more neighborhoods to high-capacity mass transit – is the model of an integrated system. Metro Connects will build on the progress that Metro and Sound Transit have made to create a more cohesive transportation network under the leadership of Executive Constantine, who is also Chair of Sound Transit.

Metro will be talking to city councils of Shoreline and Kenmore on May 9.

Open houses with Metro and Sound Transit (the closest are Ballard and Redmond)

Metro and Sound Transit will co-host open houses where residents can share their thoughts about Metro’s long-range plan and the proposed Sound Transit 3 initiative at the same time:

April 19: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ballard High School
1418 NW 65th St., Seattle

April 26: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
West Seattle High School
3000 California Ave. SW., Seattle

April 27: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond

April 28: 11:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m.
Union Station
401 S. Jackson St., Seattle

April 28: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Todd Beamer High School
35999 16th Ave. S., Federal Way

The input Metro receives from the online survey and open houses will help shape the final draft of the long-range plan that Executive Constantine will send to the King County Council this fall.

The draft of Metro Connects is based, in part, on feedback Metro received in 2015 during an extensive yearlong community outreach. Residents told Metro that they want more frequent, better-connected bus and light-rail service to more destinations, starting earlier and ending later each day. Metro Connects is the plan to deliver that service.


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