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4:27 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Seattle Rally Planned to Protest Possible Metro Transit Cuts

Jennifer Wing KPLU

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.

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.

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Metro Transit
11:10 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Update: Metro apologizes for diaper incident; mom looks to sue

Vermin Inc Flickr

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.

Metro told KOMO the driver did not violate policy when she acted for the comfort of other passengers.

An apology is not enough for the mother, Nichole Hakimian, who threatens to sue.

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Metro Transit
9:52 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Dirty diaper gets mom, baby kicked off Seattle bus

Vermin Inc Flickr

A woman is complaining to Metro Transit that a driver kicked her off a bus in Seattle because of her baby's stinky diaper.

The woman, Nichole Hakimian, tells KOMO she was taking her son to a clinic Tuesday because of his diarrhea. She says the driver asked her to get off because the smell was too much for everyone else on the bus.

The woman says she found a place to change the diaper and caught another bus to the clinic.

Metro Transit
12:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Helping the poor when Metro 'free ride zone' disappears

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’t be able to afford the new fares of $2.25 to $2.50.

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Redesigning Transit
8:20 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Bus route spared after public outcry; Metro adjustments enacted

Public outcry may rescue a popular South Seattle bus line. An amendment to the transit re-alignment plan passed by the King County council late Monday afternoon has temporarily spared the route.

Ten other bus lines that are considered inefficient have been eliminated.

It’s the first phase of a voter-approved plan to make King County's  Metro Transit agency more efficient.

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Transportation
5:39 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Public asked to weigh in on proposed Metro bus changes

Metro bus lines, including route #14 (shown), would be revised under a plan from transit officials, who are also seeking public input.
King County Metro

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. 

The shifts are part of a plan to use revenue from King County’s car tab fee to preserve bus service.

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Public Transit Troubles
10:50 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Public transit during viaduct replacement likely to fall short

The south end of the Alaskan Way viaduct could become a driving challenge after funds to mitigate traffic with public transit run out. State officials expect that to happen halfway through the project.
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

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 – long before the project is completed.

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Transportation
5:42 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Likely passage of car tab tax for Metro buses means no more free-ride zone

Oran Virivincy Flickr

A grand compromise, showing that bi-partisanship and good government still exist. That'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.

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's subsidy for the free ride zone in downtown Seattle starting October 2012.

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bus ads
5:00 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Why Metro Transit refuses to run a public health message

This healthy living campaign is okay for billboards, but not for buses.
Public Health Seattle & King County

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’t find the ads is on Metro buses.

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 “matters of public debate about economic, political, religious or social issues.”

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King County Council
11:49 am
Tue July 26, 2011

$20 car tab hearing draws supporters; council postpones vote

The King County Council postponed a decision on a two-year, $20 car tab fee to maintain Metro bus service until August 15th in an attempt to pass the measure without it having to go before voters.

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.

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Bus service
10:25 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Final meeting tonight on Metro’s proposed $20 tab fee

Tonight you have your final chance to speak out in public on Metro's proposed car tab fee.
Oran Viriyincy Flickr

So far, the meetings on Metro Transit’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.  in the Burien City Council Chambers, 400 S.W. 152nd Street.

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.

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Metro Transit
11:09 am
Wed July 13, 2011

College students weigh in against Metro bus cuts

Could cuts to Metro bus routes result in more college dropouts? Student leaders at the University of Washington say it’s something they’re deeply concerned about.

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  help keep Metro busses running at current levels. Without the fee, Metro service is expected to be cut by 17 percent.

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Transportation
6:05 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

More leaving cars behind when going to work in Seattle

In a newly released survey, commuters say they take public transit more than any other means of transportation to work in downtown Seattle.
King County Metro

More people who work in downtown Seattle are riding mass transit than driving to the office. That’s according to a survey just released by Commute Seattle, a non-profit that tries to reduce the number of people who drive alone. 

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Metro Transit
11:49 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Higher car tab fees proposed to avoid Metro Transit cuts

Metro Transit will slash service if a hike in car tab fees isn't approved, according to King County Executive Dow Constantine.
Gary Davis

Are you willing to fork over extra money to register your car in order to keep buses running?

King County Executive Dow Constantine is betting you are. He’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.

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Transportation
11:46 am
Mon May 30, 2011

RapidRide buses coming to Eastside this fall

The first in-service RapidRide run, departing the Federal Way Transit Center in October 2011. Bellevue and Redmond are slated to get the next phase of RapidRide bus service starting in October. King County Council votes on the exact routes Tuesday (5-31.)
Photo by Atomic Taco Flickr

Shiny burgundy buses equipped with automated pay stations, three doors each, low-riding chassis and accelerated time tables started serving south King County last fall. They're called RapidRide and they're funded by the Transit Now ballot measure that voters approved in 2006. 

A second route is slated to start serving Bellevue and Redmond in October. The King County Council votes on exactly where they'll go on Tuesday afternoon

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