Bus route changes designed to serve rural areas

November 6, 2013

King County Metro Transit has re-thought the bus system in the Snoqualmie Valley.

In an effort to make routes more cost efficient and improve metro services, particularly in rural or low-population areas, King County is experimenting with what they call Alternative Service Delivery. Six weeks ago several systematic changes were made to multiple bus routes in the Valley. The changes are part of an effort to do more with less.

“Why would we pour a lot of resources into routes that weren’t carrying very many people?” said Matt Hansen, the Supervisor of Market Development for Seattle Metro.

The King County Council charged Metro with finding alternative solutions to inefficient bus routes. The council encouraged Metro to approach the issue with novel solutions.

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