As a New Orleans style band played “The Wheels on the Bus” and “This Land is Your Land,” some 50 people marched across the Magnolia Bridge at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday.
They were calling for new funding sources to prevent what King County Metro Transit says could be a 17 percent service cut in 2014 and 2015. They chose a night rally because last fall, Metro reduced night buses to Magnolia, so the last trip is about 10:20 p.m from downtown. The late buses aren’t crowded but do attract riders who cannot or do not drive, defenders say.
“Their service cuts are our service cuts. Their hardship is our hardship. Only by standing in solidarity can we fix it,” said Katie Wilson, co-founder of the Seattle Transit Riders Union.
Some speakers called for taxing the rich and corporations. The state Legislature is considering a state gas tax increase for highways — and possibly letting King County enact its own car tab tax for transit and roads. County Councilman Larry Phillips of Magnolia called for a “progressive” source like car-tab tax for the bus system.