Want a new way to get to Angle Lake station? New pilot program may help

The City of Normandy Park has been selected by King County to develop and implement a new pilot program to provide transit access from Normandy Park to Sound Transit’s Angle Lake station.

This is part of King County Metro’s “Alternative Services” program.  According to the County’s website (http://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/programs-projects/alternative-services.aspx), the Alternative Services program provides local communities with the opportunity to experiment with innovative transportation models that are designed to the needs of the community. The website states that the County will:

    • Collaborate with stakeholders to design a service that meets their needs.
    • Partner with communities to deliver and market these services.
    • Develop services that can be sustained over time.

Here are some of the transportation options in use in other Alternative Services pilot programs elsewhere in King County:

  • TripPool – a new service available in select communities. Neighbors ride together in a Metro van between their home neighborhoods and the nearest Park & Ride or Transit Center.
  • Real-Time Rideshare – mobile carpool matching services that help people find one-time carpools in real-time.
  • Community Shuttles – small Metro vehicles that travel a regular route with designated Flexible Service Areas.
  • Community Van – a new Metro service for non-commute group trips such as trips to the grocery store or special events.

Currently, City Manager Mark Hoppen and Community Development Director David Nemens are meeting with staff from Des Moines, also selected to develop a pilot project, and with King County Metro, to discuss each city’s Alternative Services Pilot Program application, and to explore opportunities for collaboration between the two projects.

Metro will plan, fund and implement Normandy Park’s pilot program with city staff support.  The program will be based on the results of a Metro-conducted public involvement program.  It will be important for our citizens and business owners to participate in this process.

For more information about the Normandy Park’s Alternative Services Pilot Program please contact City Manager Mark Hoppen ([email protected]) or Community Development Director David Nemens ([email protected]).

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