A coalition of cities, counties, elected officials, community members and local organizations assembled to create more transit options for cities in the Snoqualmie Valley back in 2017.
Over two years after forming, the Snoqualmie Valley Transportation Coalition (SVTC) completed its five-year transportation plan for the cities of Monroe, Duvall, Carnation, Fall City, Snoqualmie and North Bend. SVTC is staffed by Hopelink and receives funding through the Washington State Department of Transportation.
“Our coalition is energized, and we have come together with a unified voice to bring transportation improvements to the Valley,” said M’Liss Moon, mobility coordinator at Hopelink and lead staff support for the transportation coalition.
The five-year plan aims to improve transportation in both incorporated and unincorporated regions, while also supporting affordability, accessibility, and social equity for all riders. Priorities were identified as part of two assessment surveys completed by citizens in 2017 and 2019.
According to a news release, goals of the plan include expanded services on all days of the week and more rider connections to transit hubs in Redmond, Issaquah, Bellevue, Seattle and more.
Survey respondents highlighted current inabilities to reach public transportation from their homes due to distance, safety and mobility, especially for older individuals and others trying to reach medical appointments.
Other results indicated an overall lack of understanding for what services already exist. Many people suggested more communication about transit projects.
“This is a big deal. We are recognizing Snoqualmie Valley as the regional transit area that it is,” said Amy Biggs, director of Snoqualmie Valley Transportation. “This will be the plan for transportation improvements in the Valley through 2024. When the entire valley speaks together, we can have a big voice. We’re excited to start work on these important projects.”
The transportation plan said Carnation residents highlighted a need for more frequent service by the Valley Shuttle and increased connections to Redmond transit centers.
Citizens in Duvall called for “more westbound and northbound” connections, leading the coalition to plan a partnership with Snohomish County’s Community Transit. Survey participants advocated for the expansion and continuation of the Duvall-Monroe Shuttle, as stated in the plan.
Residents in unincorporated King County advocated for improved transit frequency on Ames Lake Road, Carnation Farms Road, Tolt River Road and Tolt Hill Road. A news release said the coalition is continuing to identify transportation solutions to connect unincorporated regions to city centers.