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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

March 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Metro transit, roads, Proposition 1: Fix the ‘me’ mentality

The pro- and anti-transit guest column pieces run in The Seattle Times are graphic examples of a serious problem that’s developed within our society since the 1980s [“Should voters invest in roads, transit?” Opinion, March 30]. You could label the for-and-against positions present in these two articles as “we” and “me.” A core concept…

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Comments | More in transit | Topics: Jim Secan, King County, metro

March 22, 2014 at 6:15 AM

King County Metro needs to live within their income

Last week I renewed the registration for my fourteen 14-year-old car that I drive about 5,000 miles per year [“As bus ridership rises, battle over funding measure heats up,” page one, March 20].

The cost of $72.75 included a Regional Transit Authority tax of $9 and a congestion reduction charge of $20 which went to King County Metro. Now Metro, in Proposition 1 on the April 22 ballot, wants another $60 “… to prevent a 17 percent cut in bus service …” and a sales-tax increase of .001 percent, part of which would go to transit service.

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Comments | More in Metro, Transportation | Topics: king county metro, Proposition 1, transportation

October 16, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Proposition 1 and its effect on Seattle

Big money decides elections In reading the article “Is Prop. 1 answer to big money in City Council campaigns?” [NWMonday, Oct. 14], I couldn’t help but to reflect on the current state of big money in our local elections. Here in Seattle, there are two elections that take place; the first is among the donor class financing…

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