Speak up about transit changes

November 7, 2012

By Staff

King County Metro Transit is reaching out to the Snoqualmie Valley to learn more about how residents can best use bus services. It couldn’t come at a more perfect time.

Snoqualmie Valley Transit, a service that allows people to call in and schedule a ride, ceased lower Valley operations Sept. 21, according to B.J. Libby, who oversees the nonprofit service as the executive director of Mount Si Senior Center in North Bend.

Residents in Carnation, Duvall and Monroe, as well as students from Two Rivers School, no longer have that service available to them.

At the same time, Metro says a lot of their buses in those areas are empty or have very low ridership. What’s a transit provider to do? That’s where you come in.

Metro is beginning to reach out to community organizations and the public to explore service partnerships. Its first project is in the Valley.

Recommendations will be made to the King County Council this winter and any transit changes would be implemented in June 2013.

The goal is to get more people where they want to go by making better use of Metro resources. Metro recognizes that a one-size-fits-all approach to bus service may not meet every community’s needs, and is seeking cost-effective and innovative transit options for rural King County.

Metro’s 5-year plan for alternative service delivery provides a framework for providing alternatives to fixed-route bus service in less-populated areas. Read more at www.metro.kingcounty.gov/have-a-say/projects/alternative-service/snoqualmie-valley.

Share your comments at next week’s community meeting from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 13 at?Fall City Elementary School.

Can’t make the meeting? It’s as easy as picking up the phone to share your thoughts, 206-684-1162, or email to haveasay@kingcounty.gov.

The Valley has long been short on public transit solutions. New approaches are needed, but must also meet the needs of many to be affordable. Metro is listening, so let your ideas be heard.

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