King County Metro Transit http://kuow.org en America's Fastest Growing Big City, Seattle's New Police Chief And Macklemore's Disguise http://kuow.org/post/americas-fastest-growing-big-city-seattles-new-police-chief-and-macklemores-disguise <p>Seattle is America's fastest growing city over the past year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Former Boston police chief Kathleen O'Toole&nbsp;is Mayor Ed Murray's pick for Seattle's top cop. There's another plan to pay for bus service in Seattle, this one from City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant. And Macklemore&nbsp;apologizes for his choice of costume at a surprise performance at the EMP.</p><p>Steve Scher&nbsp;talks over these stories and more of the week's news with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Jon Talton of the Seattle Times. Fri, 23 May 2014 19:51:45 +0000 Steve Scher 35080 at http://kuow.org America's Fastest Growing Big City, Seattle's New Police Chief And Macklemore's Disguise New Plan To Save Transit In Seattle Would Tax Employers And Parking http://kuow.org/post/new-plan-save-transit-seattle-would-tax-employers-and-parking <p>Steve Scher talks with Seattle City Councilmember <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/council/licata/">Nick Licata</a> about his <a href="http://licata.seattle.gov/2014/05/19/fair-funding-for-metro-transit/#sthash.bsgDIB8A.dpbs">proposal</a> to preserve bus service in Seattle. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:37:32 +0000 Steve Scher & Andy Hurst 34908 at http://kuow.org New Plan To Save Transit In Seattle Would Tax Employers And Parking Funding Bus Service In Seattle, Universal Pre School And SPD Chief Candidates http://kuow.org/post/funding-bus-service-seattle-universal-pre-school-and-spd-chief-candidates <p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a proposal for <a href="http://kuow.org/post/murrays-plan-save-seattle-city-buses">saving metro bus service in Seattle,&nbsp;</a> <a href="http://murray.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Seattle-Preschool-Program.pdf">unveiled a plan</a> to bring universal pre school to Seattle kids, and will determine who will be the new police chief Monday.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:59:47 +0000 Steve Scher & Andy Hurst 34606 at http://kuow.org Funding Bus Service In Seattle, Universal Pre School And SPD Chief Candidates Murray's Plan To Save Seattle City Buses http://kuow.org/post/murrays-plan-save-seattle-city-buses <p>Efforts to prevent King County Metro bus cuts have narrowed from a county-wide approach to a more localized strategy.&nbsp; On Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled his proposal to give Seattle voters another option to save Seattle-centric routes, although he's still got his eye on a broader, regional plan. Wed, 14 May 2014 00:06:45 +0000 Liz Jones 34411 at http://kuow.org Murray's Plan To Save Seattle City Buses Billy Frank Jr. Remembered, White House Climate Report, And Metro's Funding 'Plan C' http://kuow.org/post/billy-frank-jr-remembered-white-house-climate-report-and-metros-funding-plan-c <p>A White House report foretells more rain, droughts and&nbsp; big storms due to climate change; Nisqually&nbsp;Indian civil rights leader and environmental activist Billy Frank, Jr. dies; and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray comes out against a city-only initiative to fund bus service in Seattle.</p><p>Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.</p><p><strong>Week In Review Extra</strong></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:56:56 +0000 Steve Scher & Jason Pagano 34196 at http://kuow.org Billy Frank Jr. Remembered, White House Climate Report, And Metro's Funding 'Plan C' Could Metro Cut Costs But Still Keep Bus Service? http://kuow.org/post/could-metro-cut-costs-still-keep-bus-service <p></p><p>Marcie Sillman talks with the Washington Policy Center's <a href="https://www.washingtonpolicy.org/about/staff/bob-pishue">Bob Pishue</a> about why he says <a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/">King County Metro Transit</a> should manage its budget better rather than cut bus service. King County voters rejected Metro's Proposition 1 in the special election last week. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:02:45 +0000 Marcie Sillman & David Hyde 33613 at http://kuow.org Could Metro Cut Costs But Still Keep Bus Service? Metro Briefs King County Council On Proposed Service Reductions http://kuow.org/post/metro-briefs-king-county-council-proposed-service-reductions <p></p><p>A committee of the King County Council heard some of the particulars behind Metro Transit’s <a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/proposed-changes.html">proposed plan</a> to reduce service by 16 percent after voters rejected Proposition 1 last week. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:10:55 +0000 Patricia Murphy 33574 at http://kuow.org Metro Briefs King County Council On Proposed Service Reductions Another Initiative Hopes To Save King County Metro http://kuow.org/post/another-initiative-hopes-save-king-county-metro <p></p><p>David Hyde talks with Ben Schiendelman, co-founder of&nbsp; <a href="http://seattletransitblog.com/">Seattle Transit Blog</a>, about the initiative that he and <a href="http://www.friendsoftransit.us/">Friends of Transit</a> have filed. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:53:48 +0000 David Hyde & Amina Al-Sadi 33481 at http://kuow.org Another Initiative Hopes To Save King County Metro New Bus Initiative Filed For Seattle Only, Prop 1 Continues To Fail http://kuow.org/post/new-bus-initiative-filed-seattle-only-prop-1-continues-fail <p><strong>UPDATE: 4/25/14, 4:15 p.m. PT.</strong></p><p>Votes are still being tallied, but King County voters so far are rejecting Proposition 1. That almost certainly means cuts to buses.</p><p>A new Seattle-only initiative will try to save buses inside city limits. A group called Friends of Transit said it filed the initiative with the Seattle City Clerk's Office Friday. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:15:44 +0000 Editor 33062 at http://kuow.org New Bus Initiative Filed For Seattle Only, Prop 1 Continues To Fail Bus Cuts Coming, Tunnel Digging Delayed, And Minimum Wage Talks Continue http://kuow.org/post/bus-cuts-coming-tunnel-digging-delayed-and-minimum-wage-talks-continue <p></p><p>Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:56:18 +0000 Steve Scher 33351 at http://kuow.org Bus Cuts Coming, Tunnel Digging Delayed, And Minimum Wage Talks Continue King County Voters Reject Prop. 1 http://kuow.org/post/king-county-voters-reject-prop-1 <p>Ross Reynolds talks to Mark Hallenbeck, director of <a href="http://depts.washington.edu/trac/">Washington State Transportation Center</a>, about the impact of the vote on Proposition 1. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:05:33 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 33256 at http://kuow.org King County Voters Reject Prop. 1 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