King County Metro Transit http://www.kplu.org en Metro Transit Asking Voters To Pass Prop. 1, Prevent Bus Service Cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/metro-transit-asking-voters-pass-prop-1-prevent-bus-service-cuts <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144237637&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">King County voters have less than two weeks to decide whether they want to pay a higher sales tax and car tab fee to prevent major cuts to King County Metro Transit bus service. </span></p><p><a href="http://your.kingcounty.gov/elections2/contests/measureinfo.aspx?cid=47942&amp;eid=1260" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Proposition 1</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> would raise the sales tax by .1 percent and boost car tabs by $60. These increases would stay in place for the next 10 years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If the measure fails, Metro says it will have to get rid of 16 percent of its bus routes and cut thousands of hours of service.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:50:18 +0000 Jennifer Wing 15850 at http://www.kplu.org Metro Transit Asking Voters To Pass Prop. 1, Prevent Bus Service Cuts Constantine Announces Tax Proposal To Avoid Major Bus Cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/constantine-announces-tax-proposal-avoid-major-bus-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">King County is through waiting on Olympia.</span></p><p>The county is moving forward with its own measure to avoid major service cuts to Metro Transit, King County Executive Dow Constantine said on Tuesday.</p><p>“We waited and we waited, and now time is up,” Constantine said. “We are out of time for a statewide bill that includes a local transportation solution. It is time to move forward.”</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:27:04 +0000 Martha Kang & Gabriel Spitzer 12587 at http://www.kplu.org Constantine Announces Tax Proposal To Avoid Major Bus Cuts Seattle Rally Planned to Protest Possible Metro Transit Cuts http://www.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://www.kplu.org Seattle Rally Planned to Protest Possible Metro Transit Cuts Metro warns of major cuts to bus service unless lawmakers act http://www.kplu.org/post/metro-warns-major-cuts-bus-service-unless-lawmakers-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Facing a </span><a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/funding-gap.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">$75 million shortfal</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/funding-gap.html" target="_blank">l</a>, Metro Transit&nbsp;says it will have to slash its bus service by 17 percent next fall unless the Legislature intervenes.</span></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:11:39 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8242 at http://www.kplu.org Metro warns of major cuts to bus service unless lawmakers act Local leaders to state: Let us tax ourselves for transportation http://www.kplu.org/post/local-leaders-state-let-us-tax-ourselves-transportation <p></p><p>Local leaders from across King County want to tax themselves to pay for bus service, ferries, roads and bridges, but even local measures would need approval from the state.</p><p>The coalition, which includes the mayor of Seattle and more than 40 other cities, want to be able to tack on fees to car tab renewals and vehicle transfers, among others. That requires approval from state legislators.</p><p>King County Executive Dow Constantine said local governments should be free to invest in their own infrastructure.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:34:36 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7944 at http://www.kplu.org Local leaders to state: Let us tax ourselves for transportation Metro adds bus trips to make RapidRide live up to its name http://www.kplu.org/post/metro-adds-bus-trips-make-rapidride-live-its-name <p></p><p>King County Metro is <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/NewsCenter/NewsReleases/2012/November/nr110912_MoreCLineTrips.aspx">beefing up </a>its new RapidRide bus lines, hoping to get service up to snuff through downtown Seattle and to prevent some of the early heartburn when they <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/MetroTransit/RapidRide.aspx">add a whole new line </a>next year.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7113 at http://www.kplu.org Metro adds bus trips to make RapidRide live up to its name Court Considers Controversial Northwest Bus Ad http://www.kplu.org/post/federal-judges-weigh-controversial-northwest-bus-ad SPOKANE, Wash. - The question of how free speech applies to the side of buses is before a panel of federal judges. Members of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Wednesday in a special meeting in Spokane. The case stems from a controversial ad on Seattle buses but has implications for transit systems around the Northwest.<p>A group called the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign bought the ad in 2010. It shows children standing next to the rubble of a destroyed building. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 18:47:27 +0000 6598 at http://www.kplu.org Court Considers Controversial Northwest Bus Ad Metro Transit seeks to avoid mistakes of the past http://www.kplu.org/post/metro-transit-seeks-avoid-mistakes-past <p>During the last major snow storm in the Seattle area, in 2008,&nbsp; Metro Transit came in for a lot of criticism. Busses slid out of control on icy streets or got stuck in the snow.</p><p>This time, the transit agency has new plans it hopes will result in better bus service. For complete details, go to the <a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/up/rr/emergency/">King County Metro Transit website.</a></p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 00:56:53 +0000 Paula Wissel 3782 at http://www.kplu.org