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The project logo Renton-Kent-Auburn Area Mobility Plan Phase 3

The project logo Renton-Kent-Auburn Area Mobility Plan Phase 3

Summary of Metro’s Proposal for Renton, Kent, and Auburn Area

King County Metro is working to connect Renton, Kent, Auburn and the surrounding areas with high-quality, frequent, and reliable bus service. As part of this effort, Metro is developing the Renton-Kent-Auburn Area Mobility Plan (AMP) in south King County. The project takes a holistic approach, integrating RapidRide, fixed-route transit, dial-a-ride transit (DART), and other flexible services. Changes to fixed-route service would begin in September 2020, and the RapidRide I Line would begin service in 2023.

Project Goals

  • Deliver an upgraded, integrated mobility network with fixed-route and flexible services.
  • Increase performance, reliability, and accessibility of the Metro transit system in south King County.
  • Improve transit access for people of color, low-income, and limited-English proficiency populations.
  • Deliver a new, frequent route between Renton, Kent, and Auburn that would be upgraded to the RapidRide I Line in 2023.

How does Metro make decisions on service changes?

Metro develops service changes by using service design best practices, considering equity, and seeking public input on what communities need from Metro. Final changes to service are subject to approval by the King County Council.

  • Service design best practices include standards such as: routes should serve multiple purposes and destinations, be easy to understand, and match service types to demand;
  • Equity includes using our data on family-wage jobs, community assets, and census tract demographics. Metro completed a network analysis to compare the number of jobs and community assets that priority areas can access within 60 minutes in the AM peak, midday, and night. Priority areas are census tracts having higher concentrations of people of color, low-income people, and people with limited English proficiency;
  • Public input included 40+ hours of onboard surveying, 697 completed online surveys, which were translated into Spanish, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Somali, and engagement with local community-based organizations.

Types of Service

  • All Day: Routes that operate through most of the day, both weekdays and weekends. 

  • Peak Only: Routes that only operate during peak commute periods, between 5 - 9 am and 3 - 7 pm on weekdays. 

  • Off Peak: The period between 9 am - 3 pm on weekdays and 5 am - 7 pm on weekends. 

  • On Demand: Routes that offer service based on passenger request or pre-scheduled trips. 

  • Peak Direction: The highest-demand direction during the morning and afternoon peak travel periods. 

  • Fixed-Route Service: Scheduled bus routes in which trips are required to follow the same fixed routing on every trip and pick up passengers at bus stops. Metro fixed-routes operate in 35-, 40-, and 60-foot buses. Fixed routes can have variant pathways at different times of day.

  • Frequency: Frequency refers to how often the bus comes. If a route is “frequent” then it comes every 15 minutes or less, all day.

  • Dial-a-ride (DART) Service: Scheduled transit routes in which individual trips may deviate from the fixed route to pick up or drop off a passenger closer to their origin or destination. 

  • Flexible Service:  Flexible alternatives could serve areas where traditional bus service doesn’t work well, offer transportation options for people with disabilities, or help our congested roadways work better by managing demand. We would be working with selected communities to evaluate service solutions ranging from expanded fixed-route transit to more flexible approaches such as innovative ridesharing options, on-demand van service, and partnerships with other transportation providers for specific travel needs.

Changes Being Proposed Include:

Frequency Improvements

Routes 105, 148, 164, 166, 168, 183, 906, and 180 (from Auburn Station to Kent Station) would have increased frequency.

Nights & Weekends Service Improvements

  • Route 164 would receive Sunday service and additional evening and night service.
  • Route 166 would receive additional evening and night service and extended weekend service.
  • Route 168 would receive additional evening and night service and extended weekend service.
  • Route 183 would receive additional Saturday service.
  • Route 906 would receive 30-minute service during the midday and at nights on weekdays.

New Connections

  • One-seat ride connection (no transfers) between Covington, Kent, SeaTac, and Burien (via routes 180 and 168)
  • Frequent, all-day, one-seat ride connection between Renton, Kent, and Auburn (future I Line)
  • One-seat ride connection between Des Moines, Highline College, Kent, and Green River College (via routes 166 and 164)
  • Bus service from the Kent East Hill with timed connections to Sounder (Route 164)
  • Bus service from Fairwood with timed connections to Sounder (Route 906)
* Which best describes you?
Current user of public transit
88%
Other interested community member (e.g., resident, work in the area, business owner, social service provider, etc.)
6%
Likely future user of public transit
6%
Closed to responses | 709 Responses
Please select the route(s) or public transit services you currently use.
Link Light Rail
33%
Sounder Train
32%
150
32%
180
22%
102
19%
158
19%
169
17%
159
15%
168
14%
181
12%
Other public transit
11%
148
11%
164
10%
952
10%
166
8%
183
8%
913
7%
157
7%
Pierce Transit
7%
153
6%
906
6%
I do not use transit
6%
192
6%
105
5%
910
4%
908
3%
916
3%
917
3%
914
3%
186
3%
190
2%
915
2%
Vanpool
1%
Access
0%
Closed to responses | 634 Responses
When you ride transit, how do you most often pay your fare?
ORCA card my school or employer provides
49%
ORCA card that I reload with my own funds
44%
Cash on the bus
9%
ORCA LIFT card
4%
I do not use transit
3%
Mobile app
2%
Closed to responses | 612 Responses
When do you travel?
5 - 9 a.m.
85%
3 - 7 p.m.
80%
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
33%
7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
23%
12 - 5 a.m.
6%
Closed to responses | 602 Responses
What day(s) do you travel? (Select all that apply)
Weekdays
98%
Saturdays
39%
Sundays
31%
Closed to responses | 597 Responses
Thinking about the route(s) you typically take, what other days would you like to see additional transit service? (Select all that apply)
Weekdays
45%
Saturdays
42%
Sundays
42%
No additional days
26%
I do not use transit
3%
Closed to responses | 581 Responses
During what time period would you like to see additional transit service?
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
47%
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
37%
Saturdays
36%
Sundays
36%
12 – 5 a.m.
20%
No additional times.
20%
Closed to responses | 564 Responses
What is your age?
15 or younger
16-17
18-19
20-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65-74
75 or older
I would rather not share
Closed to responses
What is your race/ethnicity?
Asian American, East Asian, or Southeast Asian
Black, African-American, or Afro-Caribbean
Latino/a, Latinx, Hispanic
Middle Eastern or North African
Native American or Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
White/Caucasian
Multiple ethnicities
Race/ethnicities not listed here
I prefer not to answer
Closed to responses
What is your annual household income?
I would rather not say
21%
$100,001 to $140,000
16%
More than $140,000
12%
$75,001 to $100,000
11%
$35,001 to $45,000
9%
$55,001 to $65,000
8%
$65,001 to $75,000
6%
Less than $7,500
5%
$15,001 to $25,000
4%
$25,001 to $35,000
4%
$7,500 to $15,000
3%
I don't know
2%
Closed to responses | 548 Responses
What is the primary language you speak at home?
English
89%
I would rather not say
3%
Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.)
2%
Tagalog
1%
Other language or language(s) not listed here.
1%
Vietnamese
1%
Spanish
1%
American Sign Language
1%
Amharic
0%
Somali
0%
Ukrainian
0%
Punjabi
0%
Closed to responses | 554 Responses
If you have a disability, please indicate what kind (check all that apply):
None of these
81%
A condition that substantially limits one or more basic physical activities such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting, or carrying
10%
Physical, mental, or emotional condition that limits learning, remembering, or concentrating
8%
Deafness or have a serious hearing difficulty
2%
Blindness or have serious difficulty seeing when wearing glasses
2%
Limited ability to care for yourself
1%
Closed to responses | 513 Responses
How many people, including yourself, live in your household?
2
35%
4 or more
23%
3
23%
1
20%
Closed to responses | 540 Responses
How would you like to stay informed about this project and opportunities to provide feedback? (check all that apply)
Text or email alerts
66%
Metro website
51%
Metro's Social Media Pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)
25%
News media or neighborhood blog
20%
Public meetings
10%
Metro Matters blog
9%
Speak with staff members at an info table or community event
5%
Information shared by staff member in my community
5%
Presentation by staff members at a meeting hosted by another group
4%
Closed to responses | 550 Responses