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.
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 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.