Case Studies (The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies)

Seattle, WA, USA - Multipronged Approach to Transit

The City of Seattle takes a multi-pronged policy approach to putting transit first. The Transit Master Plan sets forth specific transit priority policies and an implementation plan to achieve the City’s vision of transit as the preferred mode of travel. Policy implementation is supported by municipal code 11.52.230, which grants the City Traffic Engineer the authority to reserve any portion of a street for the exclusive use of public transportation vehicles. In 2022, the city will add a Transit Lane Policy that directs staff to implement bus lanes across the County bus operator’s frequent transit network to ensure bus travel is time-competitive and preferable to travel by automobiles.

Design Guidelines
Policy & Implementation
The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies
Guiding Principles of Land Use
Flexible Zoning Strategies
Street Design Implementation
Revising Transportation Analysis Practices
Transportation Demand Management
Rethinking Vehicle Parking Requirements
Parking Management
Best Practices to Attract Successful Developers
Clarifying Design Expectations
Integrating Retail into Transit Oriented Development
Community Planning for Rail Transit
Additional Resources

A photo of people waiting for a bus in a bus online lane.
King County Metro, Washington State (Source: Twitter - King County Metro)