King County Metro Transit http://kuow.org en King County Metro Prop 1 Failing In Early Returns http://kuow.org/post/king-county-metro-prop-1-failing-early-returns <p>Initial returns tallied Tuesday night showed King County's Proposition 1 failing 55 percent to 45 percent. More returns will be posted by late Wednesday afternoon in the mail election.</p><p>News analyst Joni Balter said it was unlikely that the tide would turn. “This was somewhere between a ‘no’ and a ‘heck no,’” Balter told KUOW’s Bill Radke. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:48:44 +0000 Amy Radil, Bill Radke & Deborah Wang 33062 at http://kuow.org King County Metro Prop 1 Failing In Early Returns King County Prop 1 Vote Expected To Be 'Surprisingly Close' http://kuow.org/post/king-county-prop-1-vote-expected-be-surprisingly-close <p>Even before the Washington State Legislature failed to pass a transportation funding package this session, <a href="http://kuow.org/post/king-county-executive-constantines-plan-b-metro">King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the county would not wait for the state</a>.</p><p>Constantine said King County would go it alone and ask its voters to pay more money for King County Metro Transit and for road projects. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:39:45 +0000 Bill Radke 32740 at http://kuow.org King County Prop 1 Vote Expected To Be 'Surprisingly Close' Will King County’s Prop 1 Fix Metro’s Bumpy Ride? http://kuow.org/post/will-king-county-s-prop-1-fix-metro-s-bumpy-ride <p>Low-income transit passengers say the last few years have been difficult in King County with multiple fare increases and the end of the ride free zone in Seattle. But they are torn about whether to support Proposition 1, which would raise taxes in order to maintain existing Metro transit service. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:42:53 +0000 Amy Radil 32418 at http://kuow.org Will King County’s Prop 1 Fix Metro’s Bumpy Ride? Popular King County Bus Routes On The Chopping Block If Prop. 1 Fails http://kuow.org/post/popular-king-county-bus-routes-chopping-block-if-prop-1-fails <p></p><p>King County Metro says if voters don’t approve Proposition 1, the agency will have to cut 70 bus routes. The three most popular lines on the chopping block are routes 4, 21 and 72.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:44:39 +0000 Joshua McNichols 31964 at http://kuow.org Popular King County Bus Routes On The Chopping Block If Prop. 1 Fails Prop 1 Debate: King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit http://kuow.org/post/prop-1-debate-king-countys-plan-fund-metro-transit <p></p><p></p><p>Steve Scher moderates a debate over the upcoming King County special election ballot measure. If <a href="http://your.kingcounty.gov/elections2/contests/measureinfo.aspx?cid=47942&amp;eid=1260" target="_blank">Proposition 1 </a>passes, it would increase the annual car tab fee to $60 and raise the county's sales tax by 0.1 percent or 10 cents on a $100 purchase for 10 years. If it fails, King County Metro Transit predicts it will have to cut service by 17 percent. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:16:53 +0000 Steve Scher & Christine Streich 31921 at http://kuow.org Prop 1 Debate: King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit Argument Against King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit http://kuow.org/post/argument-against-king-countys-plan-fund-metro-transit <p>Ross Reynolds talks with <a href="https://www.washingtonpolicy.org/about/staff/bob-pishue">Bob Pishue</a> of the Washington Policy Center about the upcoming ballot measure where King County voters will decide whether to raise taxes and fees to fund King County Metro bus service and road improvements. The special election will be held April 22. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:08:51 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 29418 at http://kuow.org Argument Against King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit The Woes Of Funding Public Transit http://kuow.org/post/woes-funding-public-transit <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Rob Johnson, the executive director of Transportation Choices, about how cities deal with transit funding woes. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:12:03 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 27503 at http://kuow.org The Woes Of Funding Public Transit King County Executive Constantine's Plan B For Metro http://kuow.org/post/king-county-executive-constantines-plan-b-metro <p>Ross Reynolds talks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about his plan to fund King County Metro Transit, separate from the state legislature's transportation package — a package that has yet to get off the ground. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:31:34 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 27178 at http://kuow.org King County Executive Constantine's Plan B For Metro Union Bus Driver Says Contract Proposal Is "Attack On The Work Force" http://kuow.org/post/union-bus-driver-says-contract-proposal-attack-work-force <p>Ross Reynolds talks with King County Metro Transit bus driver Linda Averill about why she's opposed to the proposed contract between King County and the <a href="http://www.atu587.com/">Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587</a>. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:12:04 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 25564 at http://kuow.org Union Bus Driver Says Contract Proposal Is "Attack On The Work Force" King County's Response To Stalled Transporation Package http://kuow.org/post/king-countys-response-stalled-transporation-package <p>Marcie Sillman speaks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about how the county hopes to address transportation funding in light of the state legislature not taking up a transportation package before closing the special session over the weekend. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:10:28 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Amina Al-Sadi 23698 at http://kuow.org King County's Response To Stalled Transporation Package Gov. Inslee: Special Session On Transportation Needed http://kuow.org/post/gov-inslee-special-session-transportation-needed <p>Governor Jay Inslee held a press conference on Tuesday to announce that he wants to call a special session of the state Legislature this fall.</p><p>The session would address what Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine described as the state’s urgent transportation needs.</p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 00:57:23 +0000 John Ryan 19657 at http://kuow.org Gov. Inslee: Special Session On Transportation Needed Bus Driver Love Stories http://kuow.org/post/bus-driver-love-stories <p>The tragic news of a bus driver being shot earlier this week&nbsp; in downtown Seattle inspired us to ask listeners to share their stories about bus drivers; stories about nice bus drivers just doing their jobs and stories about heroic bus drivers that went above and beyond the call of duty.&nbsp; Ross Reynolds talks to listeners about their best bus drivers. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:12:07 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 18727 at http://kuow.org Bus Driver Love Stories Metro Driver Safety, Gay Rights In Russia And The Interfaith Amigos http://kuow.org/post/metro-driver-safety-gay-rights-russia-and-interfaith-amigos <p><strong>Metro Driver Safety</strong><br>Yesterday morning in downtown Seattle, a Metro bus driver was shot and wounded by a passenger. While assaults on Metro drivers have decreased overall since 2006, there were still 107 incidents last year. What is Metro doing to keep drivers safe? And what affect has ending the ride-free-zone downtown had on driver safety? Dow Constantine is the King County Executive. He joins us from the Ryerson Base in SODO.</p><p><strong>Gay Rights In Russia</strong><br>According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, only 16 percent of Russians say homosexuality should be accepted by society. In another survey conducted a nonprofit Russian research center this spring, nearly 35 percent of Russians believe that homosexuality is a disease.</p><p>Recently, the Russian government has been legislating against gay rights. In June, the government passed a law that prohibits the distribution of so-called “homosexual propaganda” to minors. Protests are gaining momentum in the United States to dump Russian vodka and even boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. What are the historical and cultural factors that have influenced Russian attitudes toward homosexuality?<br><br><strong>Interfaith Amigos</strong><br>Death is something we all need to grapple with.&nbsp;The Three Interfaith Amigos join us with a look at what religion has to say about mortality and the afterlife.&nbsp;They’ll also respond to the common accusation from the non-religious: That God is just a story to make people feel better about life and death.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Weather And Hike Of The Week</strong><br><a href="http://www.hikewashington.net/">Michael Fagin </a>suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday 18488 at http://kuow.org King County Metro Could Cancel Nearly 30 Percent Of Bus Routes http://kuow.org/post/king-county-metro-could-cancel-nearly-30-percent-bus-routes <p></p><p>King County Metro released more details Monday about possible cuts to bus service next year. The agency says almost a third of its routes might be eliminated.<br> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 23:56:24 +0000 Derek Wang 10705 at http://kuow.org King County Metro Could Cancel Nearly 30 Percent Of Bus Routes Looming Fiscal Cliff For King County Transit http://kuow.org/post/looming-fiscal-cliff-king-county-transit <p></p><p>Bus service in King County could get some good news this week. Washington state lawmakers are expected to introduce a plan that could prevent a looming fiscal crisis. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:38:45 +0000 Derek Wang 8412 at http://kuow.org Looming Fiscal Cliff For King County Transit