We have to devote substantial resources to increasing the efficiency of mass transit, because too many working people in King County still have commutes similar to mine growing up. When I was 15, my second job was at the IMAX on the waterfront. Getting there would have taken me 15 minutes by car, but since my family couldn’t afford one for me, I spent an hour and a half commuting by bus. Two decades later, there are still too many people who don’t have access to reliable public transit options in King County.
If we want people to reduce their reliance on cars, we have to invest in our local public transit systems, making sure they are efficient, fully-funded, and well-connected. Here’s how we make that happen:
1. Work to accelerate the expansion of Sound Transit to make sustainable commuting options available to as many people as possible, as soon as possible.
2. Make the sustainable choice the right economic choice for working families by providing free transit for all like we’ve done throughout the pandemic.
3. Expand public transit options to underserved communities isolated from economic and educational opportunities due to a lack of transportation.
4. Streamline service across agencies that manage our transit systems to make commutes that require multiple modes of transit more efficient so that working people can spend less time in traffic and more time where they want to be.