Transit Master Plan
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The city is updating its transit master plan, the document that addresses Bellevue's transit needs. The Transportation Department seeks to replace the 2003 Transit Plan with a comprehensive 20-year look ahead to the type of transit system that will be required to meet Bellevue’s transit needs through 2030. To gain a better appreciation of this project; see this video.
While the city doesn’t operate its own transit system, it can leverage additional transit investments to/from Bellevue with supportive land uses that maximize existing transit facility investments. Additionally, efforts to improve the average speed of buses in Bellevue will result in improved provision of cost-efficient and effective bus transit service and potential for increased ridership.
The Bellevue Transit Master Plan is a tool to better align with King County Metro’s focus on creating a more productive transit system in accordance with its new Strategic Plan for Public Transportation (2011 2021) and associated service guidelines that have a significant influence on King County’s transit resource allocation decisions.
The Transit Plan will develop short- and long-term policies, programs and projects resulting in a high-quality transit system that is easier, more effective and more enjoyable for residents, visitors and employees. Specifically, the plan will recommend improvements to create a transit system that is fast, reliable, safe, comfortable and accessible for all users. Critical issues to be addressed: include:
- Identifying the city’s most important transit corridors that carry high ridership today, as well as potential new ridership markets that will emerge as Bellevue grows in jobs and new residents;
- Integrating transit capital facilities and services with walking and biking infrastructure, and using transit to make great places;
- Enhancing bus transit performance through roadway investments such as traffic signal priority; and
- Coordinating with Metro and Sound Transit to create a seamless, fully integrated, and user friendly network of transit services.
Opportunities for public input will be provided throughout the process and this website will be used as a tool to communicate plan progress, analysis and recommendations.