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November 10, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Prop. 1: Metro should improve driver conditions

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…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: David Bailey, King County, Metro Transit

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…

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

October 15, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Streetcars: Too expensive and permanent compared to buses

Thanks to columnist Danny Westneat to at least whisper the truth about streetcars, and the $56.4 million needed for construction of the South Lake Union line [“Streetcar ridership, revenue still off track,” Local News, Oct. 10]. It takes years and millions of dollars to make just a short line like this. As far as…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: buses, Damon Darley, Danny Westneat

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…

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

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…

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

September 17, 2014 at 6:04 AM

It’s time to establish an independent Seattle transit district to stop gridlock

Danny Westneat got directly at the heart of the matter in his column “Carfree in Seattle, the living isn’t easy” [Local News, Sept. 12]. If our regional planners truly want to see their stated goal of making Seattle a high-density, world-class city without it becoming a traffic nightmare, bus-route planning must be on…

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Comments | More in transit | Topics: buses, Danny Westneat, Emily Salisbury Keene

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

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