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September 26, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Upthegrove: Metro transit could avoid bus cuts next year

By socking away less money into a bus-replacement fund, King County Metro Transit might be able to preserve some 250,000 hours of annual bus service, instead of cutting it next year. So says Metropolitan King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove of Des Moines, who plans to introduce an amendment to that effect Monday morning — when…

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September 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Metro Transit workers reject wage freeze

King County Metro Transit workers have overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer that would have frozen wages for 2014 and 2015, followed by an inflation-indexed raise in 2016. The count by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 on Wednesday night was 839 yes, 1,595 no, a pass rate of only 34 percent.  A total 2,434 ballots were…

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September 5, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Shooting grazes woman on Metro bus on Aurora Avenue North

A woman on a King County Metro Transit bus was grazed by gunfire Friday night when someone in a car began shooting at the bus. About 9:30 p.m., there was a disturbance at the bus stop at Aurora Avenue North and North 65th Street. When the southbound bus arrived, two men involved got on. Shortly after, someone started firing at…

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September 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

King County proposes 48 bus-route reductions for early 2015

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued a new proposal Tuesday for an early-2015 round of Metro bus-service cuts, including 16 routes to be eliminated. An earlier list has been tweaked so cuts would be spread more evenly across the county, and not fall disproportionately on poor communities, his staff said in an announcement. And if Seattle…

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August 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Coming soon to Metro: $1.50 low-income bus fare

King County Metro Transit has started laying the groundwork for anywhere between 45,000 and 100,000 low-income residents to get a discounted, $1.50 bus fare beginning in March 2015. The mushy estimate of how many might be eligible speaks to the fact this is relatively uncharted territory. Metro says it’s only the second big U.S. transit agency,…

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June 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Saturday Memo: Traffic troubles … Hope Solo arrested … Giddyup for Darrington rodeo

National Weather Service forecast Traffic: Trouble. Among the weekend closures: Highway 520, northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct and Battery Street Tunnel (big backups were frustrating drivers early this afternoon), I-90 express lanes (until 2 p.m. today). Did we mention the street blockages and traffic from the Fremont Fair? King County Metro Transit says more than…

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June 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Constantine: Metro and Sound Transit must plan as one

Sound Transit and King County Metro Transit will write a report by September about how to integrate their service and reap an “efficiency dividend,” County Executive Dow Constantine announced Thursday. He is currently the chairman of Sound Transit’s governing board, “so I can credibly say it’s a good time to take the relationship to the…

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May 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Sawant, Licata call for head tax, higher parking tax to help Metro Transit

Two Seattle City Council members today called for an employee head tax of up to $18 per year, and a boost in the existing parking tax, to help close the budget shortfall at King County Metro Transit. Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata said the taxes would raise about $21 million yearly, and would be used to…

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May 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Seattle voters could see a car-tab fee for transit

UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.:  King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a new program today that would let cities, employers, or other institutions buy bus service hours, by signing “Community Mobility Contracts.” Cities such as Seattle could either pay for buses that are on the chopping block due to a Metro budget shortfall; add service to crowded routes; or…

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