Metro extends a big thank you to our community partners in southeast Seattle! With your help we were able to host 11 community conversations where we heard from more than 350 community members, many of whom are transit-dependent and speak English as a second language or not at all. Using interpreters, we heard from people whose primary languages are Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Vietnamese, Somali, Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya, Laotian, Cambodian, Tongan, Samoan, and Tagalog.

We also thank all of you who shared your stories via our online feedback form.

In each interaction–whether face-to-face or online–people told us what they thought about ORCA, traveling in the community, barriers to using transit, how we might communicate better, and other topics. Read a detailed report on these conversations here >>

These conversations made up the initial, listening phase of our southeast Seattle outreach. Next we will work with Sound Transit and the City of Seattle to find things we can do immediately, in the short-term or the long-term to improve people’s transit experiences.

In the coming weeks we’ll be posting reflections from these conversations and prompting you to help shape our next steps. Stay engaged by reading and commenting on these upcoming blog posts.

In the meantime, enjoy these photos from our events in southeast Seattle:

Rainier Vista Community Conversation
Rainier Vista Community Conversation
Rainier Vista Community Conversation
Announcement for New Holly Community Conversation
Vietnamese Senior Program Community Conversation