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Category: Metro
October 21, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Metro funding: There are many more priorities for taxpayer money

This is in response to the editorial “This time, vote to expand Metro’s service” [Opinion, Oct. 11] regarding Seattle Transportation District Proposition 1. We all need to step back and regroup. Metro’s financial circumstances have improved dramatically since the proposal to add .01 percent to the sales tax and $60 to car-tab fees was…


Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Janet Michaelsen, Metro Transit, Proposition 1

October 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Metro and Prop. 1: Don’t throw caution to the wind, plan better for downturns

The Metropolitan King County Council’s “optimism about future cash reserves” for Metro Transit is better understood as throwing caution to the wind ["Bus plan accelerating as Seattle hopes for windfall from Prop. 1," Local News, Oct. 7].  The state agency whose forecasts figure heavily in the County Council’s decision to table planned cuts…


Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Connie Voget, Metro Transit, Metropolitan King County Council

October 12, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Metro service: Look for more efficiencies

King County Executive Dow Constantine does a good job explaining the impacts of economic business cycles and their impact of providing bus service to Seattle residents ["Metro Transit's plan explained," Opinion, Oct. 8]. However, he did not mention any attempt to run this service more efficiently. For example, I am a resident of West…


Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Bob Dorse, buses, Dow Constantine

October 11, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Metro Transit: Dow Constantine is showing leadership

The in-depth information that King County Executive Dow Constantine provides about funding for Metro Transit is a welcome new resource for me — and surely others — committed to sustainability for Metro ["Metro Transit's plan explained," Opinion, Oct. 8]. Cutting through some of the confusion by highlighting volatile funding and resulting risks that must be…


Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Connie Voget, Dow Constantine, King County

September 25, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Metro Transit has already been doing prudent budgeting

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

Monday’s Times editorial disregards the facts about Metro’s six-year effort to preserve bus service ["King County Metro Transit heeds the voters’ call on efficiencies," Opinion, Sept. 21].

Metro has worked hard to do what other regional transit agencies couldn’t do after the recession — keep buses moving and preserve service in key areas despite plummeting revenues. Meanwhile, ridership continues to grow.

The Times ignores the nearly


Comments | More in Metro | Topics: buses, Kevin Desmond, King County Metro Transit

May 15, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Create business district to pay for transit and roads

I opted out of voting on King County Proposition 1 because I thought the measure would put an unfair burden on individuals [“County, city take variety of routes on bus rescue,” Local News, May 12]. It also seemed unjust for the county to threaten that cutting bus routes was the only alternative to…


Comments | More in Metro | Topics: business district, King County Proposition 1, Metro Transit

April 24, 2014 at 6:03 AM

The Legislature needs to pass a transportation package that includes transit funding

The real blame for cuts in King County Metro Transit [“Voters rejecting new money for transit; bus cuts coming,” Local News, April 23] isn’t on King County voters, the Metropolitan King County Council or even Metro. The real blame is on the state Legislature for not passing a transit bill that includes funding…


Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Christopher Guizlo, King County Metro Transit, metro

April 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Why vote to approve King County Prop. 1, despite its flaws

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

Proposition 1 has its faults (for me mostly because of the regressiveness of the sales-tax component), but I am voting for it anyway.

Some fine day the state Legislature will pass a statewide transportation package, but until then we need this money to maintain the current level of service.

Without it, former bus-riders who


Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Judy DeLaittre, King County, metro

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