Continued coordination and integration must be front and center for transit agencies in the region.
King County Executive Dow Constantine kicks off the transit integration summit.
That was the consensus of regional leaders at Thursday’s Regional Transit Integration Summit at PSRC.
“The issue before us is how can we all work together to provide a seamless, efficient transportation network to serve our growing region,” said Executive Dow Constantine.
“One of the ways we get more and better transit is by being as aggressive as we can about achieving these efficiencies,” he said.
Coordination will be critical as the region deals with major construction and changes in the next decade, including construction of the Elliott Bay Seawall and deconstruction of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
Extension of light rail north, south, and east will mean buses will need to move out of the downtown transit tunnel to make way for more light rail trains.
Representatives from region’s transit agencies and the Washington State Department of Transportation highlighted current transit coordination efforts and emphasized plans to build momentum for even more integration to deliver an efficient, high performing regional transit system.
Some of the integration efforts already underway:
Route 497 in Auburn provides service from the Lakeland Hills neighborhood to the Auburn Sounder station, with trips timed to meet Sounder train trips. Pierce Transit, King County Metro, and the City of Auburn worked out the funding plan necessary to make this route happen.
Sound Transit is collaborating with Pierce Transit and Community Transit to develop coordinated services and changes in the transit network that anticipate the completion of ST2 projects and help prepare for potential ST3 projects.
At the same time, Sound Transit and King County Metro are coordinating development of ST3 and the King County Metro’s long-range plan.
Summit participants discussed actions to take over the next year to improve integration. Some of the suggestions included an integrated parking management strategy, expanding the Orca Lift low-income fare to other parts of the region, and developing common performance metrics.
The Transportation Policy Board will discuss results and next steps from the summit at its meeting next month.
PSRC’s 2015 Transit Integration Report gives more information on efforts to better integrate transit service and planning in the region. You can watch a video of the Transit Integration Summit here.