Transit riders told the Metropolitan King County Council today that proposed low fares for low-income and disabled people are not low enough. They complained at a hearing about fare increases and a possible April ballot measure to restore transit service. The public vote would add an annual car-tab fee and higher sales taxes to raise $80…More
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King County Executive Dow Constantine today proposed a public vote on tax increases to sustain existing service at King County Metro Transit, and to fund county and city roads. The April 22 ballot measure would call for a 0.1 percent sales tax increase plus a $60 yearly car tab fee. That would reap about $80 million…More
A King County Metro Transit bus driver was fired for repeatedly punching a passenger who had fallen asleep and spit in the driver’s face after he was awakened and forced off the bus by the driver.
The driver, Dennis Echols, 61, told police he “lost it” after being spat on. The incident was captured on surveillance cameras.
Echols struck passenger Ethan S. McKinney, 23, in the head with a eight-pound rubber wheel block, according to prosecutors. Echols followed McKinney, pushed him against a bench, punched him seven times, threw him to the ground and kicked him in the midsection, according to prosecutors.
Echols and McKinney have been charged with fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.More
Robbery charges were filed today against the 19-year-old Seattle man accused of robbing passengers at gunpoint aboard a King County Metro bus last Monday night. Trevonnte Brown is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree attempted robbery for allegedly robbing two passengers and attempting to rob a third, according to the King County prosecuting…More
The man found dead early Monday after being hit by a Metro bus has been identified as Peter Cooper, 23, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The determination of the cause and manner of Cooper’s death is pending further investigation, according to medical examiners. Seattle police are investigating the possibility that Cooper, who was found…More
A King County Metro Transit review of 525 buses with security cameras found that 85 percent of the systems were in working order, says a memo to County Executive Dow Constantine. The inspections were ordered after a shooting Aug. 12 on a Route 27 bus downtown, when onboard cameras failed to record Martin Duckworth firing at Metro bus…More
A woman in her 50s was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center when her car and a Metro bus collided in the 5700 block of Bothell Way Northeast just after 5 p.m. today, a King County Sheriff’s spokeswoman said. The car was was hit in the driver’s side when the vehicle pulled out in front of the…More
The recent downtown shooting aboard a King County Metro Transit bus is just one symptom of a work environment that creates unacceptable stress, bus drivers said Monday. Driver Chuck Lare, several colleagues, and the new Seattle Transit Riders Union handed letters and 450 petition signatures to the Metropolitan King County Council. On the morning of Aug. 12, a…More
Four people, including three young children, were injured Friday morning when they were hit by pieces of a Metro bus tire that exploded in the Chinatown International District. Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said two boys and a girl, all under age 6, and a woman suffered abrasions when they were hit with bits…More
For the past 14 years, Deloy Dupuis has spent his workday behind the wheel of a Metro bus. On Monday morning, as the commute was winding down, the 64-year-old driver was shot doing his job. He survived, miraculously, despite wounds to his face and arm. He was released from Harborview Medical Center on Monday afternoon. Over on Reddit,…More