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August 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Woodland Park Zoo: Open records

Kudos to the editorial board for its unwavering advocacy for the Woodland Park Zoo elephants — and its demand that the City Council live up to the accountability and transparency promises of Proposition 1 advocates by requiring the zoo to open its records [“Council can pressure zoo,” Opinion, Aug. 10]. In addition to the…

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Comments | More in Woodland Park Zoo | Topics: Beverly Marcus, City Council, elephants

August 4, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Seattle Prop. 1: More time needed before deciding Park District

Seattle’s Proposition 1 should not be the subject of a special election ["Is a Seattle Park District the best way to fund parks?" Opinion, July 12]. No urgency is apparent. Much further discussion is needed before voters approve a new independent taxing authority. Rejecting the proposition provides the necessary time. Seattle parks and the…

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Comments | More in Parks | Topics: John Longfield, Proposition 1, Seattle Park District

July 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Seattle parks: Provide equal access for biking; don’t limit it under Prop. 1

Joel DeJong heads out from a section of woods in Cheasty Greenspace where volunteering Cleveland High School students helped clear away blackberry vines and English ivy. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

In response to Lynn Thompson’s article “Residents split on parkland bike trails” [Local News, July 27], I would argue that there is no division about mountain bicycling in Seattle parks. In fact, there is currently only one Seattle Park that allows mountain biking on trails — Seattle Colonnade Mountain Bike Park.

Meanwhile, Seattle has invested millions of dollars in

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Comments | More in Parks | Topics: Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club, mountain biking, parks

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

April 9, 2014 at 5:59 AM

King County Prop. 1: Metro forced into limited revenue options

The Seattle Times’ editorial opposing Proposition 1 is extremely disappointing [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7]. I don’t have space to address all the distortions, so I will pick just one: The reason Metro is in bad financial shape is ignored in the…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: king county metro, Melanie Mayock, Proposition 1

April 8, 2014 at 6:53 PM

King County Prop. 1: Buses critical for underserved communities

Although it’s definitely regressive, it’s critical we vote yes on Proposition 1 [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7]. I implore you to support your community — the disabled, handicapped, elderly, working class, low-income folks, homeless and others who have no choice but to…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Kim Loftness, King County Metro Transit, Proposition 1

April 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

King County Prop. 1: A ‘business’ can’t operate at a loss

Let’s face it, if King County Metro were a business, it would be out of business [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7]. How many companies can continue to operate at a constant loss? Metro does not even recover 30 percent of its operating…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: king county metro, Proposition 1, Ron Hopper

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

April 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

King County Prop. 1: Buses are the lifeline of our community

Proposition 1 will soon be put to a vote. It funds public transportation ["Should voters invest in roads, transit?” Opinion, March 30]. Proponents estimate there will be 30,000 more cars on our streets if this proposition does not pass. I am a frequent bus rider. The buses I ride are usually well-used. In rush hour,…

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Comments | More in Metro, transit, Transportation | Topics: Anne Thureson, buses, King County

April 2, 2014 at 6:03 AM

King County Prop. 1: high costs of congestion; serving the underserved

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

The costs from congestion is already too high

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute rates Seattle’s gridlock at six hours per day, with delays costing trucking $546,000,000 per year [“Should voters invest in roads, transit?” Opinion, March 30]. For each of our personal vehicles, it cited $1,519 of congestion cost by 2006. Meanwhile, we add almost 40,000 residents per year.

Fixing the growing problem requires highway improvements and huge spending. Replacing our crumbling viaduct with a 1.7 mile tunnel will total nearly $3 billion. Highway 520 changes cost $4.6 billion. Neither added capacity. That would have cost far more and required costly improvements to choked city streets and parking.

The main alternative is transit. Metro has 400,000 boardings daily. In contrast, Interstate 5 moves only 207,000 vehicles daily at Seneca, Highway 99 moves 60,000 north of the West Seattle Bridge and Interstate 90 handles just 145,000 east of Interstate 405.

There is no cheap solution when congestion costs for just trucking equal taxes spent for the entire Metro operations budget. Rides on Metro almost exactly match the cited number of vehicles on I-5, I-90 and Highway 99 combined. How many of those 118 million annual riders can we force into cars as worsening congestion already costs each driver $1,500 dollars per year and costs trucking over half a billion?

Proposition 1 is cheap by comparison and vital to our roads and economy.

Brian Sherlock, Shoreline

Better transportation for underserved communities

I disagree with guest columnist Bill Eager’s characterization of our transportation system in King County. Public spending on

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Comments | More in Metro, Traffic congestion, Transportation | Topics: Bill Eager, king county metro, Lucas Simons

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