King County Metro http://www.kplu.org en Seattle Mayor Taps Brakes On Transit Funding, Prepares His Own Plan http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-taps-brakes-transit-funding-prepares-his-own-plan <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148762379&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is urging voters and elected officials not to get behind a <a href="http://www.keepseattlemoving.com/" target="_blank">local property tax hike </a>to fund mass transit. Instead, the mayor plans to introduce his own proposal next week.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 23:31:19 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16484 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Mayor Taps Brakes On Transit Funding, Prepares His Own Plan Would Seattle Transit Initiative Prompt State Lawmakers To Expand Bus Service? http://www.kplu.org/post/would-seattle-transit-initiative-prompt-state-lawmakers-expand-bus-service <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148272831&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Some state lawmakers who are supporting a Seattle initiative to undo King County Metro bus cuts say it could give them some bargaining power in Olympia.</p><p>State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, is one of eight Democratic lawmakers who’ve signed on as endorsers of the so-called Keep Seattle Moving Initiative. Wed, 07 May 2014 16:24:49 +0000 Paula Wissel 16426 at http://www.kplu.org Would Seattle Transit Initiative Prompt State Lawmakers To Expand Bus Service? King County Council Begins Tough Job Of Eliminating Bus Service http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-council-begins-tough-job-eliminating-bus-service <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147123219&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>King County Council members are proceeding with the unwelcome task of eliminating bus service. <a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/index.html" target="_blank">Metro already has a plan</a>, but council members have the final say on how to parcel out the cuts in the most logical and equitable way.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:03:34 +0000 Ashley Gross 16322 at http://www.kplu.org King County Council Begins Tough Job Of Eliminating Bus Service With Prop. 1 Failing, Group Plans Ballot Initiative To Save Bus Service In Seattle http://www.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://www.kplu.org With Prop. 1 Failing, Group Plans Ballot Initiative To Save Bus Service In Seattle Constantine: Time Running Out for State to Save Metro Services http://www.kplu.org/post/constantine-time-running-out-state-save-metro-services <p>King County will take its own measures to save Metro Transit services if the state Legislature fails to pass a transportation package in time, said King County Executive Dow Constantine on Thursday.</p><p>“Let me be clear: this is not our first choice,” Constantine said of taking local measures.</p><p>But time is running out for state lawmakers to act, he said; the Legislature on Thursday missed its target day to take up a statewide transportation package.&nbsp;</p><p>"It's not happening," Constantine said.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:42:13 +0000 Martha Kang 11202 at http://www.kplu.org Constantine: Time Running Out for State to Save Metro Services Without New Funding, King Co. Metro Faces Major Service Cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/without-new-funding-king-co-metro-faces-major-service-cuts <p>King County Metro will be forced to cut 74 routes and revise an additional 107 routes when temporary funding runs out next June, the agency said Thursday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Metro said the cuts will affect more than 80 percent of its bus and DART routes, and result in some 50,000 fewer daily trips throughout the county.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">King County Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond said only 33 of Metro’s routes would remain “untouched,” but that doesn’t mean they won’t be affected.</span></p><p>“Now, ‘untouched’ is a relative term, because if we’re eliminating all of those routes and otherwise reducing service, those 33 routes—our biggest routes that carry the most people—they are almost certainly going to have more demand,” he said. “And many of those routes and trips on those routes are already very, very crowded.”</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:43:16 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10899 at http://www.kplu.org Without New Funding, King Co. Metro Faces Major Service Cuts King Co. Metro urges lawmakers to pass transpo funding package http://www.kplu.org/post/king-co-metro-urges-lawmakers-pass-transpo-funding-package <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even if you don’t ride the bus, you may feel the brunt of possible service cuts by King County Metro as roads get more crowded with cars. That’s one of the messages leaders of King County Metro told the Seattle City Council.</span></p><p>They’re urging the state Legislature to pass a transportation revenue package in the special session that starts in several weeks.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:37:29 +0000 Ashley Gross 8615 at http://www.kplu.org King Co. Metro urges lawmakers to pass transpo funding package