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December 31, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Oregon bus barber accused of cutting again

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Authorities say the man known as the “TriMet barber” has cut again. Oregon City police booked 27-year-old Jared Walter into jail Tuesday on charges of harassment and parole violation. They said he cut a woman’s hair with scissors in the checkout line at a Dollar Tree store. Sgt. Matthew Paschall says Walter did…

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September 17, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Metro bus service cuts not quite as bad as predicted

King County Metro Transit has found enough savings to limit its cuts to 400,000 bus service hours per year instead of the 550,000 hours predicted earlier, General Manager Kevin Desmond said in a news conference this morning. That bit of good news raises the possibility that if Seattle voters approve new transit taxes this…

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April 29, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Three public hearings planned about Metro bus cuts

Citizens will have three opportunities in May to air their views about bus cuts, to the Metropolitan King County Council. Metro has published a cut list that totals a 16 percent reduction in bus operating hours. These would occur in four phases over 2014-15, beginning Sept. 27.  But County Council members must still take a…

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April 25, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Friday Memo: Explosion in North Bend … bus cuts … Russell Wilson’s divorce

National Weather Service forecast Big boom: A natural-gas leak at a pizza parlor under renovation is being blamed for a major explosion in North Bend early this morning. The blast damaged several buildings, including a barbershop, a gas station and a tire store. If there’s a bright side, at least the…

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October 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Got crowds? Metro says West Seattle bus ridership rose 26 percent

West Seattle bus riders have been blowing a gasket over crowding and near-daily passups since Oct. 1, when King County Metro Transit reorganized its route network. The most common topic of conversation on the bus is the bus, and in daily threads at West Seattle Blog (Seattle Times news partner), citizens accuse Metro of ineptitude…

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May 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Seattle school district backs off bus-schedule plan

Seattle Public Schools is backing off controversial plans for an earlier school bus schedule next year. Instead, district staff is proposing keeping the 2011-2012 transportation plan in place but allowing some students to stay on the bus as long as 45 minutes. The district is making changes to transportation plans to try to save money. The new…

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April 30, 2012 at 4:57 PM

New BoltBus to launch Seattle-Portland nonstop route May 17

The new-generation intercity line known as BoltBus announced Monday that it will launch a Seattle-to-Portland nonstop route May 17. Fares vary from $1 to around $25 to $27, based on demand and distance, a ticket agent said. Generally speaking, riders save money the earlier they buy a ticket, at BoltBus.com or by phone at 877-265-8287.  Buses leave at 8:30…

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February 13, 2012 at 1:34 PM

U.S. House sends Seattle transit leaders into a cold sweat

Leaders of six Seattle-area transit agencies warned today of severe cutbacks in either maintenance or new buses and trains if the latest House transportation bill becomes law. The bill would scrap a so-called “formula funding” system that dates back to 1983, providing a predictable source of dollars for King County Metro and hundreds of other agencies,…

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January 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Update: Even with 520 bridge tolls, morning commute relatively smooth

UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. Highway 520 across Lake Washington was “pretty wide open” during this morning’s commute as thousands of drivers switched to Interstate 90 or took other measures to avoid tolls,  said state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. The trip across 520 was about five minutes faster than usual, I-90 about five minutes slower — until a truck dropped…

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