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The project logo East Link Mobility Board Application

Help shape the future of transit on the Eastside, join the East Link Connections Mobility Board.
​A compensated volunteer leadership opportunity. 
 

Overview 

Metro and Sound Transit are recruiting for the East Link Connections Mobility Board. East Link Connections is a coordinated, co-led process for improving transit connections throughout the Eastside as Link light rail service expands through 2024. Community members who live, work, and travel within east King County, and surrounding communities are encouraged to apply and advise Metro and Sound Transit about our bus service plans and our community outreach process related to and recommendations for: 

  • Connecting transit users to 12 new Link light rail stations between downtown Redmond and International District/Chinatown Station in Seattle.  

  • Minimizing duplication of bus service with Link light rial 

  • Improving mobility options, especially for historically underserved groups including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income people, linguistically diverse, and people with disabilities. 

  • Equitably informing, engaging, and empowering current and potential customers in the planning process. 

  • Coordinating with other countywide service changes related to COVID-19 recovery.  

Metro and Sound Transit aim to convene a Mobility Board that equitably represents groups of people who have historically been left out of decision-making conversations related to transit and who are disproportionately affected by these decisions. These groups of people include black, indigenous, and people of color; people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities; people with low- to no-income; immigrants and/or refugees; and linguistically diverse communities.  

 

Mobility Board applications are being accepted through March 31, 2021.  

All applicants who provide valid contact information will be notified of selection/non-selection in mid-April. The first meetings will be held in late-April and/or early-May 2021 with the exact date to be determined based on board members' availability.  

 

This application will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions or would prefer this application be emailed or mailed to you please contact Gunner Scott at [email protected] or (206) 263-1939.

Criteria for board candidates include:  

  • Lives, works, or travels within affected communities (including but not limited to areas east and south of Kenmore, east of the I-90 and SR 520 bridges, north of east Renton, and west of Sammamish and Issaquah) 
  • Transit rider (bus, rail, Accessible Services, Community Van, VanPool, VanShare, etc.) or potential transit rider  
  • Those who are not employed by Metro, Sound Transit, or other public agencies, such as cities engaged on the project  
  • Strongly encourage people with the following identities and lived experiences to apply- Black, Indigenous, and people of color; immigrants and refugees; linguistically diverse; low-income or no-income; people with disabilities.   
  • Able to bring their perspective as an individual, not representing the interests of a larger group or organization  
  • Able to draw connections between racial equity, transportation issues, and access to opportunities  

Required meetings/participation 

The Mobility Board will gather virtually in April 2021 (specific dates to be determined) for a two hour equity and social justice training, a two hour service planning training and for one five hour workshop. Following these trainings/workshops, Mobility board members will collaborate with Metro and Sound Transit staff for a two hour meeting in May 2021, July 2021, November 2021 and addtianl meetings through March 2022 to continue to develop and refine a proposal for change.   

  • Mobility board members will participate in public meetings and events (in virtual settings per COVID-19 public health recommendations) to engage with the local communities. 

  • Mobility board members will also share the proposal and opportunities to provide feedback within their communities. This may include board members meeting in additional workshops and supporting the presentation of the final network proposal to King County Council.  

  • Be open to participating in other phases of the project such as implementation and marketing.​

Expectations 

  • A desire to be of service to your community; 

  • Interest in shaping the future of King County; 

  • Will make decisions based on the best interest of the project goals; and will avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest; 

  • Able to work in a collaborative and equitable setting; 

  • Regular attendance at meetings; 

  • Innovative and creative thinker; 

  • Open to new ways of doing business; by doing your best to understand the pros and cons of every option, not just those you prefer.  

Compensation 

Mobility Board members will be compensated $50 per hour for their work in meetings/workshops and engagement conducted in the community. 

Please provide your contact information
planned
planned
Winter and Spring 2021

  • Begin Mobility Board recruitment. 

  • The Mobility Board will then participate in a two-hour equity and social justice training, a two-hour service planning training, and one five-hour workshop to review the project, discuss transit needs and priorities to inform Metro and Sound Transit as they develop initial planning concept, and to identify community outreach opportunities. 

planned
planned
Spring and Summer 2021

  • Mobility board members will participate in and support the public community engagement process by helping to get the word out about the opportunity to weigh in, and participate in at least one virtual public community meeting in late-summer/early-fall. 

  • Mobility Board will convene in early-fall 2021 to review community feedback on the planning concept and collaborate with Metro and Sound Transit staff to refine it and create a draft proposal. 

planned
planned
Winter 2022

  • Mobility Board members participate in next round of public engagement in early-2022 to share the proposal and get community input.  

  • Mobility Board will convene in late-Winter to  finalize network proposal and make their final recommendations to Metro and Sound Transit. 

planned
planned
Spring 2022

  • Metro and Sound Transit will continued community engagement; meetings/phone calls with Mobility Board members as necessary. 
  • Mobility Board may be asked to present at city and county meetings.
  • Mobility Board will be given the opportunity to provide input on the marketing of the new Eastside network.

How would you prefer to be contacted about this application and/or future Mobility Board communications?
Email
Phone
Text
Mail
Other
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* What pronouns do you use?
She/her
He/him
They/them
None
Other
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* Are you available to serve on the East Link Connections Mobility Board, attending approximately 6-10 virtual meetings between April 2021 and February 2022?
Yes
No
Maybe, I need more information
Other
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What geographic areas do you identify with in or around the East King County/Eastside area?
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* Please identify the top three Metro/ST Express services or routes that are MOST familiar to you.
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* Please describe why you would like to serve on the East Link Connections Mobility Board?
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* What interests you about transit services in the area, please include your experiences using the transit system and any ideas on how to improve transit in this area?
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Are you currently a member or participant of any local organizations, community groups, neighborhood associations, or any city, state, and/or county boards, commissions, or committees in East King County and/or the Eastside?

If "Yes", please provide the name(s) of the organization(s).
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* Are you currently employed with King County Metro, Sound Transit or other public agencies, such as cities, engaged on the project ?
No
99%
Yes
1%
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* Most Mobility Board meetings will be held virtually over the Zoom platform. How do you plan on attending virtual meetings?

(Not having technology to attend will not impact your application.)

Personal computer laptop or desktop
Public computer (such as at a library or community center)
Tablet, such as an iPad or Think Pad
Smartphone, such as an iPhone, Android, or Galaxy
Dial in by telephone such as from a landline or cell phone, such as flip phone, that does not connect to the internet
TTY
I do not have regular access to a phone, including smartphone, cell phone, or landline and would like support in accessing a phone to attend meetings
I do not have regular access to tablet or computer and would like support in accessing computer to attend meetings
Other
Closed to responses
Will you need a language interpreter? If yes, what language?
Closed for Comments
What accommodation(s), if any, may be needed in order for you to participate fully? Select all that apply.
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* Generally, what day or days would work best for you to attend and participate in virtual half day retreats (five hours)?
Sat
80%
Sun
69%
Fri
53%
Thurs
44%
Mon
34%
Tues
33%
Weds
30%
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* Generally, what time or times of day would work best for you for the virtual half day retreats (five hours)?
9am – 2pm
10am – 3pm
11am – 4pm
12pm – 5pm
1pm - 6pm
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* Generally, what day or days would work best for you to attend and participate in the quarterly two hour concept development meetings?
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Tues
Weds
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Sun
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* Generally, what time or times of day would work best for you for the quarterly two hour meetings?
Evenings between 5pm - 8pm
74%
Afternoons between 2pm – 5pm
61%
Mornings between 9am – 11 am
46%
Midday between 11am – 2pm
40%
Closed to responses | 70 Responses