Learn more about Metro’s Shared Employer Shuttle program

Crossposted from Metro Matters

By Scott Gutierrez

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Have you heard about Metro’s “Shared Employer Shuttle” program? On Aug. 15, employers who are interested can learn more during an informational meeting at Metro’s main office.

Metro launched the program earlier this year to work with groups of employers interested in sharing transportation services for their workers.  This represents a great opportunity for employers to improve the coverage or frequency of their transportation services, lower the cost of providing service, and help improve regional mobilty. Read more.

Interested groups of employers need to submit a proposal to Metro to offer shared employer shuttle services. Only workers at those companies would be eligible to ride shared shuttles.

All proposals will be reviewed and approved by Metro to ensure the service is safe and complements Metro’s fixed route network. Metro intends to collaborate with interested parties to develop the best solution possible. If a proposal is not accepted upon first review, Metro will provide technical feedback with the option of resubmitting an updated proposal for additional review.

Metro now accepts proposals on a year-round basis, a change we made based on feedback from employers and mobility providers. Proposals should not target existing transit routes or schedules. They should be targeted to riders who would experience considerable travel improvements due to the implementation of this service.

The informational meeting will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 15 at Metro’s office at the King Street Center at 201 South Jackson Street, Room 4C.

Questions can be submitted in advance to SharedShuttles@kingcounty.gov until 12 p.m. on Aug. 14.

Proposals also will be reviewed for:

  • Names of the service provider and companies participating in the shared employer shuttle service
  • Proposed routes, stop locations, and schedules
  • ADA accessibility solutions
  • Insurance and indemnification provisions
  • Data-sharing agreement

Visit Metro’s Shared Employer Shuttle website for more information about the program and how to submit a proposal.