Buses traveling along I-5 between Everett and downtown Seattle are often stuck in a broken, overflowing HOV system.
Community Transit and WSDOT are investigating ways to improve reliability of the HOV system along I-5.
Data on HOV performance released last fall showed that delay has increased 20 minutes since 2010, and Community Transit buses on I-5 were late 25 percent of the time in 2014.
Today, the Transportation Policy Board heard about efforts to develop short-term improvements to improve HOV travel times, and provide more predictable, on-time transit trips for riders.
“If we want people to ride transit, we have to make it predictable, frequent and easy to get to,” said Executive Pat McCarthy. “I applaud your efforts to manage the crisis of the day.”
Improvements being investigated include a transit queue jump at the Mountlake Terrace Freeway Station, developing a freeway bus shoulder operation, and implementing restricted weaving zones to improve safety.
The board also heard from Sound Transit and King County staff on their joint long-range planning efforts. King County Metro is developing a long-range plan, while Sound Transit is developing the ST3 plan that could go to the ballot in 2016, with legislative authorization.
The goal of this joint planning is to develop a blueprint for coordinated services and to ensure the future network is reflected in the Sound Transit System Plan and Metro’s Long-Range Plan and technical analysis.
The two agencies are planning joint public outreach meetings this summer and will ultimately develop one map that shows integrated regional services.
“This is a significant milestone to see Sound Transit and King County Metro here talking about the future of transit in the Puget Sound region,” said Mayor Fred Butler. “This is an outstanding example of transit integration and a fantastic first step to coordinate our long-range planning efforts.”
Later this month, PSRC will release the final 2015 Transit Integration Report, detailing how transit agencies are working together to improve transit service throughout the region. PSRC will host an upcoming transit summit on June 11, 12:00-2:00 p.m., in the PSRC board room.