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July 5, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Metro Transit faces potential cuts

Cutting Metro is inexcusable

A Metro bus driver makes his way down Fourth Avenue. [John Lok, The Seattle Times.]

A Metro bus driver makes his way down Fourth Avenue. [John Lok, The Seattle Times.]

There is no excuse for 17-percent cuts to Metro bus service. [“Metro faces potential cuts as existing funds dwindle,” NW Tuesday, July 2.]

Riders in the Puget Sound region have already suffered from large fare hikes at Metro and huge cuts to service in Pierce and Snohomish counties. Bus drivers have ponied up millions of dollars in concessions on working rules and rest breaks. Enough already!

In addition to putting political heat on the state Legislature — and not accepting their sabotage — pressure belongs on the county and city politicians. Why isn’t Sound Transit utilizing its “head tax” option? Why is Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council spending $2.8 million to study streetcars and rail to Ballard?

Why doesn’t the City Council raise developer fees, especially on developments with new height limits? Some revenue could be directed to public transit, since more bus service is needed when density rises. And a millionaires’ tax? Yes, let’s make that a goal of the next legislative session, along with a corporate profits tax.

The wealth is there to fully fund public transit and all our other vital public services.

Linda Averill, Seattle

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