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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…

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

April 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

King County Prop. 1: Metro needs to think differently, serve non-riding population

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

With the upcoming vote on car tabs and sales tax a couple of facts get lost in the rhetoric [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7].

First, some 60 percent of all public-transportation dollars currently go to transit while about 5 percent of the population uses Metro (not roads). Those transit dollars are not always spent effectively.

Second, any product or service that is subsidized at more than 70 percent — Metro is now about 72 percent — will always have

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: car tabs, Issaquah, King County

July 5, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Metro Transit faces potential cuts

Cutting Metro is inexcusable 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…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Transportation | Topics: bus, funding, Metro Transit

May 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Seattle transportation cuts

King County needs to manage money better Guest columnist and King County Executive Dow Constantine tells the state to think of King County as a business and give it the carte blanche he needs in order to freely tax at away for transportation funding because — keeping with his metaphor — that’s good business [“Allow King…

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Comments | More in budget cuts, Transportation | Topics: budget cuts, Dow Constantine, King County