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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…

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

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

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

May 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Transportation megaprojects: Road project funding could go to Metro

The billions of dollars we are spending on mega road projects could buy a dramatically expanded public transit system that offered free service to all ["Troubled transportation megaprojects add to political gridlock," Local News, May 6]. That would clear a lot of cars from the road and make all this construction unnecessary. When one…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: environment, Highway 520, highway 99

May 9, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Transportation funding needs to keep the environment in mind

The Seattle Times’ front-page article on the problem of transportation ["Troubled transportation megaprojects add to political gridlock," Local News, May 6] highlights a bigger problem associated with the need to address climate change at the state level: It seems we keep expanding the infrastructure for use by the automobile, generally without public input. Consequently…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: 520 bridge, Gas tax, highway 99

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…

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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

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

April 17, 2014 at 6:31 AM

King County Prop. 1: While buses are valued, we can’t afford more taxes and fees

Lurking within the current debate about Proposition 1 for Metro and roads funding is a significant irony [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7]. Backers of Proposition 1 are right that seniors rely on the bus for most transportation around Seattle. While we, my…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: metro, Michael W. Shurgot, Proposition 1

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