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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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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 24, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Metro’s cut list: Rush-hour trips, nighttime suburban service

The first wave of King County Metro Transit cuts in September will focus on reducing peak-time trips, rather than leaving cities or neighborhoods completely stranded. General Manager Kevin Desmond today released a detailed list showing a plan to eliminate 166,000 operating hours a year. The plan is to be transmitted to the Metropolitan King County Council…


Comments | Topics: Dow Constantine, King County Metro Transit, King County Proposition 1

February 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Low-income and disabled riders say their transit fare should be lower

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…


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January 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Constantine: Let’s vote on car-tab fees and sales tax for Metro, roads

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…


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December 13, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Metro bus driver fired after assault on passenger

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2933157984001″/]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.


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December 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Charges filed against suspect in Metro bus robbery

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…


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October 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Man found dead after being hit by Metro bus is identified

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…


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