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Letter from Kevin Desmond

Dear Eastside resident,

King County Metro Transit is pleased to give you this information detailing potential changes to bus service in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville and Duvall. I hope you will participate in this service planning project by completing the questionnaire and returning it to us soon. You may also want to attend one of the open houses or information tables listed here.

Kevin Desmond
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Why is Metro sponsoring a public planning process now? The Eastside is growing rapidly, causing severe problems across a range of transportation issues. Eastside employment is growing at a much faster rate than Metro's ability to respond with new services. The nature of Eastside service is slowly evolving from a commuter-only focus to one that also serves people who live, work, shop and travel only on the Eastside. From past experience, we know that people increase their use of transit when they have the right choices, service and connections available. For these reasons, it is very important for Metro planners to identify and prioritize the right types of transit improvements that can be phased in over the next few years as resources become available.

During this process, we are looking first to make bus service offered on our Eastside network as efficient as possible. Last fall, during the first phase of the planning process, over 1,200 people sent comments to Metro. These comments gave us invaluable information about which routes you like best, about where service improvements and new connections need to be made, and about the location of important capital improvements, such as bus stop shelters, benches, improved lighting, and park-and-ride lots.

By responding to these comments, we believe we will provide Eastsiders with more efficient, convenient bus service that will get them where they want to go, and attract many more riders. We are working cooperatively with Sound Transit on this outreach, because we both recognize that our two agencies need to integrate services into a single seamless network.

Please help us in this effort to thoroughly understand and develop better service on the Eastside. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Kevin Desmond, General Manager
King County Metro Transit

Apr. 6, 2006