This spring, we introduced our Safety, Security, and Fare Enforcement (SaFE) Reform Initiative, Metro’s plan to reimagine safety and security by reforming, and restructuring our security, and fare enforcement policies and practices.
SaFE was developed during a period of dramatic change in the county named for Martin Luther King Jr. and throughout the country, and stems from the Executive’s prioritization of anti-racism in the 2021-22 King County Budget.
Now you have an opportunity to help us further Metro’s journey in reforming our current safety and fare enforcement policies and practices, bringing us closer to becoming an anti-racist mobility agency.
Starting July 12 through July 25 we are conducting a survey, asking you to help create a safer Metro. We want to hear from the communities we serve and our employees on what is needed to make you feel safe on transit, at bus stops, and at our other transit facilities. The information we gather will help us establish what safety means, develop our community guideline, and create a vision statement that will focus our work in the development and implementation of SaFE.
This process will center Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities that continue to be disproportionately and negatively impacted by these types of policies and practice due to the challenges of systemic racism.
You can go to kingcounty.gov/metro/safereform to learn more about SaFE Reform and take the survey. The survey is available in: English, Amharic, Arabic (modern standard), Chinese (traditional), Dari, French, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
Part of this work is also about transparency and accountability. Metro is committed to providing status updates throughout the life of our SaFE reform initiative to ensure our communities are aware of all opportunities to provide feedback. We will report back on what we’ve learned. Additionally, we are entering this process with an open heart and mind and are committed to learning and being part of the discussion.
Your input will play an important role in helping form the blueprint to make sure that all voices are heard as we make our mobility system safer and more equitable.
In appreciation of community,
Terry White is the General Manager of King County Metro