East Link might open in as little as 18 months. Like any rail opening of that magnitude, there are many opportunities to reorganize bus service to reduce redundancy, improve access, and serve new priorities.
Metro and Sound Transit are creating a citizen sounding board for these changes, and they’re paying $50 per hour:
“Are you someone who:
- Lives, works, and/or travels within Eastside communities? These communities include but are not limited to areas east and south of Kenmore, east of the I-90 and SR 520 bridges, north of east Renton (such as Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond), and west of Sammamish and Issaquah? Or do you live, work, or travel in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District and/or Judkins Park?
- Is a transit rider or a potential transit rider?
- Are able to bring your perspective as an individual, not representing the interests of an organization?
- Are willing and interested in drawing connections between racial equity, transportation issues, and access to opportunities?”
Apply by the end of this month to participate from April to November 2021. It’d be helpful for some board members to have an appreciation for transit planning principles.