Metro Transit http://kplu.org en With Prop. 1 Failing, Group Plans Ballot Initiative To Save Bus Service In Seattle http://kplu.org/post/prop-1-failing-group-plans-ballot-initiative-save-bus-service-seattle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">King County's Proposition 1,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">which would have raised sales taxes and car tab fees to preserve Metro bus service, is failing.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Initial counts show 55 percent of voters rejected the measure, leaving low odds of passage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Still, Seattle transit advocates are down, but not out of ideas.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:17:54 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16234 at http://kplu.org With Prop. 1 Failing, Group Plans Ballot Initiative To Save Bus Service In Seattle Seattle Rally Planned to Protest Possible Metro Transit Cuts http://kplu.org/post/seattle-rally-planned-protest-possible-metro-transit-cuts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This time next year, King County's Metro Transit system could be working out the final details of eliminating 65 bus routes and other cuts in service.</span></p><p>The grassroots group Transit Riders Union is holding a rally on Saturday just south of the King County courthouse in Seattle. It starts at noon.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 23:27:42 +0000 Jennifer Wing 9444 at http://kplu.org Seattle Rally Planned to Protest Possible Metro Transit Cuts Update: Metro apologizes for diaper incident; mom looks to sue http://kplu.org/post/update-metro-apologizes-diaper-incident-mom-looks-sue <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; ">Metro Transit in Seattle has apologized but says it won't discipline the driver who asked a woman with a baby to get off a bus because of a stinky diaper.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; "><a href="http://is.gd/ywJ5LB" target="_blank">Metro told KOMO&nbsp;</a>the driver did not violate policy when she acted for the comfort of other passengers.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; ">An apology is not enough for the mother, Nichole Hakimian, who threatens to sue.</p><p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 18:10:58 +0000 The Associated Press 6768 at http://kplu.org Update: Metro apologizes for diaper incident; mom looks to sue Dirty diaper gets mom, baby kicked off Seattle bus http://kplu.org/post/dirty-diaper-gets-mom-baby-kicked-seattle-bus <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; ">A woman is complaining to Metro Transit that a driver kicked her off a bus in Seattle because of her baby's stinky diaper.</span></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:52:51 +0000 The Associated Press 6757 at http://kplu.org Dirty diaper gets mom, baby kicked off Seattle bus Helping the poor when Metro 'free ride zone' disappears http://kplu.org/post/helping-poor-when-metro-free-ride-zone-disappears <p>For nearly 40 years, riding the bus in downtown Seattle has been free. Now, with Metro Transit set to end the free ride zone in September as a cost saving measure, officials are wrestling with how best to serve people who won&rsquo;t be able to afford the new fares of $2.25 to $2.50.</p><p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:00:16 +0000 Paula Wissel 4714 at http://kplu.org Bus route spared after public outcry; Metro adjustments enacted http://kplu.org/post/bus-route-spared-after-public-outcry-metro-adjustments-enacted <p>Public outcry may rescue a popular South Seattle bus line. An amendment to the<a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/council.aspx"> transit re-alignment plan</a> passed by the King County council late Monday afternoon has <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/news/2012/January/LG_BF_rt42.aspx">temporarily spared</a> the route.</p><p>Ten other bus lines that are considered inefficient have been eliminated.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the first phase of a <a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/planning/">voter-approved plan</a> to make King County&#39;s&nbsp; Metro Transit agency more efficient.</p><p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 04:20:44 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3983 at http://kplu.org Public asked to weigh in on proposed Metro bus changes http://kplu.org/post/public-asked-weigh-proposed-metro-bus-changes <p>If you rely on the bus to get around Seattle, Shoreline or South King County, changes could be coming to your route. Metro is proposing reducing or redirecting more than 60 bus lines.&nbsp;</p><p>The shifts are part of a plan to use revenue from King County&rsquo;s car tab fee to preserve bus service.</p><p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:39:22 +0000 Charla Bear 3083 at http://kplu.org Public asked to weigh in on proposed Metro bus changes Public transit during viaduct replacement likely to fall short http://kplu.org/post/public-transit-during-viaduct-replacement-likely-fall-short <p>A plan to use public transit to offset traffic congestion while the new Highway 99 tunnel is built in Seattle is expected to run out of money &ndash; long before the project is completed.</p><p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 17:50:43 +0000 Charla Bear 2578 at http://kplu.org Public transit during viaduct replacement likely to fall short Likely passage of car tab tax for Metro buses means no more free-ride zone http://kplu.org/post/likely-passage-car-tab-tax-metro-buses-means-no-more-free-ride-zone <p>A grand compromise, showing that bi-partisanship and good government still exist. That&#39;s what members of the King County Council are saying after the announcement that they have a super majority to back a temporary $20 car tab fee and stave off massive cuts to metro transit.</p><p>Two Republicans - Jane Hague and Kathy Lambert - have agreed to back the deal when the council votes on Monday. Among other things, it will phase out Metro&#39;s subsidy for the free ride zone in downtown Seattle starting October 2012. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 00:42:47 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2320 at http://kplu.org Likely passage of car tab tax for Metro buses means no more free-ride zone Why Metro Transit refuses to run a public health message http://kplu.org/post/why-metro-transit-refuses-run-public-health-message <p>A major ad campaign launches this week to promote healthy living, with advertisements featured on Seattle-area television, radio and billboards. Just about the only place you won&rsquo;t find the ads is on Metro buses.</p><p>The transit agency says the advertisements violate its new policy regarding public service announcements. The policy, adopted April 8th, prohibits ads that express a viewpoint on &ldquo;matters of public debate about economic, political, religious or social issues.&rdquo;</p><p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2206 at http://kplu.org Why Metro Transit refuses to run a public health message $20 car tab hearing draws supporters; council postpones vote http://kplu.org/post/20-car-tab-hearing-draws-supporters-council-postpones-vote <p>The King County Council postponed a decision on a two-year, $20 car tab fee to maintain Metro bus service until August 15<sup>th</sup> in an attempt to pass the measure without it having to go before voters.</p><p>Advocates for social justice, economic development and environmental protection packed council chambers for the hearing. Nearly all testified in favor of the council enacting the fee.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 18:49:57 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2175 at http://kplu.org Final meeting tonight on Metro’s proposed $20 tab fee http://kplu.org/post/final-meeting-tonight-metro%E2%80%99s-proposed-20-tab-fee <p>So far, the meetings on Metro Transit&rsquo;s proposal to raise car tab fees by $20 or cut 17 percent of bus services have been packed with lines going around the block. Tonight you have another chance to be heard: The meeting starts at 6 p.m. &nbsp;in the Burien City Council Chambers, 400 S.W. 152nd Street.</p><p>Last week, among those turning out to voice support for the fee and to weigh in against service cuts were college students who said a cut in service could result in students dropping out.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:25:17 +0000 Jake Ellison 2142 at http://kplu.org Final meeting tonight on Metro’s proposed $20 tab fee College students weigh in against Metro bus cuts http://kplu.org/post/college-students-weigh-against-metro-bus-cuts <p>Could cuts to Metro bus routes result in more college dropouts? Student leaders at the University of Washington say it&rsquo;s something they&rsquo;re deeply concerned about.</p><p>Students testifying last night at a hearings in King County over a proposed $20 car tab fee argued in favor of the charge. The money would&nbsp; help keep Metro busses running at current levels. Without the fee, Metro service is expected to be cut by 17 percent. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:09:15 +0000 Paula Wissel 2080 at http://kplu.org More leaving cars behind when going to work in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/more-leaving-cars-behind-when-going-work-seattle <p>More people who work in downtown Seattle are riding mass transit than driving to the office. That&rsquo;s according to a survey just released by Commute Seattle, a non-profit that tries to reduce the number of people who drive alone.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 01:05:17 +0000 Charla Bear 1944 at http://kplu.org More leaving cars behind when going to work in Seattle Higher car tab fees proposed to avoid Metro Transit cuts http://kplu.org/post/higher-car-tab-fees-proposed-avoid-metro-transit-cuts <p>Are you willing to fork over extra money to register your car in order to keep buses running?</p><p>King County Executive Dow Constantine is betting you are. He&rsquo;s urging the King County Council to pass an emergency ordinance temporarily increasing car tab fees by $20 per vehicle. The two-year charge would generate about $25 million per year and be used to preserve Metro Transit service at current levels. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 18:49:43 +0000 Paula Wissel 1919 at http://kplu.org Higher car tab fees proposed to avoid Metro Transit cuts