Technical Advisory Committee


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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 Technical Advisory Committee will meet for two hours every other month from February 2015 through May 2016, with additional meetings or workshops scheduled as needed. The committee will discuss a vision, goals, alternatives and solutions for public transportation in our region.

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Role of the Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee is made up of technical staff from local jurisdictions and transit agencies. Representing key stakeholder groups, the committee will help develop a vision and identify the needs for transit in King County over the next 25 years.

Members participate in meetings and workshops, share how each community or agency is planning for growth and transit, and review and provide feedback on the development and analysis of plan alternatives.

Technical Advisory Committee Work Plan

The Technical Advisory Committee will meet for two hours every other month from February 2015 through May 2016, with additional meetings or workshops scheduled as needed.

Meeting Expected Topics

3pm – 5pm

  • Why a long-range plan
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Preparing for upcoming workshop
  • Input on LRP themes
  • Introduce evaluation criteria

April 21
2:30pm – 4:30pm

  • Workshop to coordinate jurisdiction plans
  • Draft network concepts
  • Modeling assumptions
  • Review evaluation criteria

June 23
2:30pm – 4:30pm

  • Network trade-offs
  • Development of preferred concept

August 31
2:30pm – 4:30pm

  • Initial evaluation of preferred concept
  • Direction on concept refinement

October 27
2:30pm – 4:30pm

  • Technology and innovation to be included in plan
  • Introduce Remix and process for feedback on preliminary draft concept

December 3
2:30pm – 4:30pm

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

February 23
2:30pm – 4:30pm

  • Review Preliminary Plan
  • What we heard in third phase of outreach

April 26
2:30pm – 4:30pm

  • Review Final Plan

May 24 (tentative)
2:30pm – 4:30pm

  • 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