The Seattle electorate did the right thing in passing Proposition 1 to improve bus service operated by Metro [“Metro bus service to get boost with passage of Prop. 1,” Local News, Nov. 4]. “Fixing” unreliable schedules is one of the stated goals for the new tax revenue. In 2009, an outside auditor recommended a reduction in…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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 nearlyMore
So before Seattle voters get a chance to vote on Proposition 1, to increase the sales tax and add a car-tab fee, Metro has announced the good news that it has found enough savings to reduce the cuts in bus-service reductions from 550,000 hours to 400,000 a year [“Metro belt-tightening to save 150,000…More
Because Metro has squandered millions and millions of dollars, they are now demanding that the taxpaying citizens of Seattle and King County bail it out, again [“Mayor proposes regional fund to limit Metro transit cuts,” Local News, May 13]. It is using tactics akin to giving a child some candy (bus routes in all…More
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…More
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…More