Residents invited to help shape future transportation services in the Snoqualmie Valley

  • Written by Rochelle Ogershok, King County
New King County alternative services plan aims to provide more cost-effective services to meet the transit needs of valley residents.

Residents who want to improve public transportation or have ideas about how King County Metro Transit might better serve their communities are invited to attend two upcoming meetings in the Snoqualmie Valley. The meetings, which will include an opportunity to talk one-on-one with Metro staff, will help shape future transportation services in the valley.

The Snoqualmie Valley is the first of several rural areas to help shape future bus service as part of the County’s newly adopted Transit Alternative Services Plan. The plan establishes a framework for how fixed-route bus service  — along with potential alternatives to this costly service — might look like in less populated areas of the county as Metro looks for ways to get the most out of every available transit dollar.

The community meetings will be held:

• Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Cherry Valley Elementary School

26701 Cherry Valley Road, Duvall

• Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Fall City Elementary School

33314 SE 42nd Street, Fall City

In addition to operating regularly scheduled bus service, Metro provides alternative services such as community vans, dial-a-ride transit and ridesharing options. Other potential alternatives might include products such as community-access transportation, flexible transit services or shared taxis. Bus routes that serve the Snoqualmie Valley cover a large area and don’t carry many riders. Some of the resources used for this fixed-route service may be better invested in alternatives that could provide more direct service to more people.

Residents will have an opportunity to learn more about current services and the potential for future service adjustments at the two meetings. They are also invited to provide feedback about their travel needs via an online survey.

The deadline for survey comments is Nov. 4.

For more information about the Alternative Services Plan and upcoming meetings, visit Metro’s “Have a Say” website or call (206) 684-1162.

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