Community Advisory Group

Overview

Illustration showing a highway full of cars, buses and light rail.

Over the next year and a half, Metro, in cooperation with local jurisdictions and regional stakeholders, will develop a plan that will describe Metro’s role through 2040 in providing mobility to people who work, live or visit King County.

The plan will lay out a system of public transportation options that are financially responsible, meet the regional transportation goals in the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation 2040 and Vision 2040 plans, and reflect the values of the local communities Metro serves. It will guide the actions Metro will take through 2040 to strengthen a coordinated, regional transportation system that improves the lives of all King County residents.

The Community Advisory Group will work closely with Metro to identify transit and mobility needs, review potential transit network options, and make key recommendations to incorporate into the long-range plan. The advisory group will meet every other month from March 2015 through May 2016. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.

Role of the Community Advisory Group

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The group will help develop a vision and identify the needs for transit in King County over the next 25 years. Members will participate in public meetings and outreach events to hear from the local community at different stages of the plan’s development, and will discuss issues related to long-range transit needs in King County. The group will provide comments on the long-range plan alternatives, preliminary plan and final plan that will be included in the Public Engagement Report submitted to King County Executive and Council. Community Advisory Group members may also testify to the Council as it considers the final long-range plan.

Members of the Community Advisory Group will:

  • Meet every other month from March 2015 to May 2016, with additional meetings scheduled as needed.
  • Advise staff on the public outreach process and participate in community outreach activities.
  • Comment on long-range plan alternatives developed by staff.
  • Review comments received from public outreach about long-range plan alternatives, preliminary plan, and final plan and help staff identify common issues and themes.
  • Develop comments based on review of the staff recommendations for the final Long-Range Transportation Plan, to be included in the Public Engagement Report that will be given to the Metro General Manager and then submitted to the King County Executive and Council.

Community Advisory Group Work Plan

Tentative Schedule Meeting Topics
2015

March 12
6pm – 8pm

  • Introductions
  • Review role of Community Advisory Group and work plan
  • Themes of the long-range plan
  • Review outreach plan

April 16
6pm – 8pm

  • Review report on existing conditions
  • Review evaluation criteria
  • Input on initial concepts to be tested

June 18
6pm – 8pm

  • Review and discuss initial concepts
  • Provide input on what should be included in preferred concept

August 20
6pm – 8pm

  • Review and discuss initial concepts (continued)
  • rovide input on what should be included in preferred concept (continued)
  • What we heard in second phase of outreach

October 15
6pm – 8pm

  • Technology and innovation to be included in plan
  • ST integration and outreach

December 3
6pm – 8pm

  • Joint CAG & TAC workshop to collect feedback on draft preliminary concept
2016

February 18
6pm – 8pm

  • Review preliminary plan (continued)
  • What we heard in third phase of outreach

April 21
6pm – 8pm

  • Review final plan
  • Review community feedback from fourth phase of outreach

May 20 (tentative)
6:30pm – 8:30pm

  • Review, discuss final plan prior to transmittal to King County Council

Long-Range Plan and Service Guidelines Differences

Both processes will consider questions and make recommendations related to the way transit service is provided, in coordination with local jurisdictions and other transit providers.

Topics Long-Range Plan Service Guidelines Task Force
Primary goals

Determine long-term service needs and investments.

How to implement service changes/investments.

Service types

What services and facilities will be provided, and where, in Metro's future public transportation network?

What performance measures might be set for different types of services?

Geographic value

How will Metro's future network serve growing cities and employment centers?

What capital investments, including park & rides, transit priority and passenger facilities, will be needed?

How could features like sidewalks and bicycle facilities improve access to transit?

What should be the minimum level of service to activity centers?

How should park & rides be used to enhance transit access around the county?

Social equity

How will Metro's future network connect historically disadvantaged populations to jobs, services and other opportunities?

How can we better inform human service agencies, employers, and jurisdictions about the future network, to help them plan?

Should additional social equity measures, such as locations of social service agencies, food banks, and medical services, be in the service guidelines?

How can we better engage communities in transit planning?

Purchase of additional services

How can the future network include innovative opportunities for partnerships?

How can the service guidelines incorporate community mobility contracts?

Alternative services

What role will alternative services play in enhancing mobility in Metro's future network?

How can the service guidelines better incorporate alternative services?

Meeting dates and locations

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