King County Metro Transit

Week In Review
12:51 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

America's Fastest Growing Big City, Seattle's New Police Chief And Macklemore's Disguise

Ed Murray announces Kathleen O'Toole as his nominee for the next Seattle Police chief.
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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 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 apologizes for his choice of costume at a surprise performance at the EMP.

Steve Scher 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.

Public Transportation
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

New Plan To Save Transit In Seattle Would Tax Employers And Parking

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Steve Scher talks with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata about his proposal to preserve bus service in Seattle.

Week In Review
1:59 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Funding Bus Service In Seattle, Universal Pre School And SPD Chief Candidates

Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a proposal for saving metro bus service in Seattle,  unveiled a plan to bring universal pre school to Seattle kids, and will determine who will be the new police chief Monday.

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Metro Bus Cuts
5:06 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Murray's Plan To Save Seattle City Buses

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Efforts to prevent King County Metro bus cuts have narrowed from a county-wide approach to a more localized strategy.  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.

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Week In Review
2:56 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Billy Frank Jr. Remembered, White House Climate Report, And Metro's Funding 'Plan C'

Billy Frank, Jr., a veteran of the fish wars, died at the age of 83, leaving a lasting legacy for tribal rights and the Northwest environment.
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A White House report foretells more rain, droughts and  big storms due to climate change; Nisqually 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.

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.

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Funding Transit
4:02 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Could Metro Cut Costs But Still Keep Bus Service?

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Marcie Sillman talks with the Washington Policy Center's Bob Pishue about why he says King County Metro Transit should manage its budget better rather than cut bus service. King County voters rejected Metro's Proposition 1 in the special election last week.

Bus Cuts
8:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Metro Briefs King County Council On Proposed Service Reductions

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A committee of the King County Council heard some of the particulars behind Metro Transit’s proposed plan to reduce service by 16 percent after voters rejected Proposition 1 last week.

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Seattle Transit
2:53 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Another Initiative Hopes To Save King County Metro

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David Hyde talks with Ben Schiendelman, co-founder of  Seattle Transit Blog, about the initiative that he and Friends of Transit have filed.

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Initial Votes Tallied
4:15 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

New Bus Initiative Filed For Seattle Only, Prop 1 Continues To Fail

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UPDATE: 4/25/14, 4:15 p.m. PT.

Votes are still being tallied, but King County voters so far are rejecting Proposition 1. That almost certainly means cuts to buses.

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.

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Week In Review
2:56 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Bus Cuts Coming, Tunnel Digging Delayed, And Minimum Wage Talks Continue

State transportation officials say the tunnel machine now stuck beneath the downtown Seattle waterfront won't resume tunneling until March 2015.
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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.

Public Transit
10:05 am
Wed April 23, 2014

King County Voters Reject Prop. 1

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Ross Reynolds talks to Mark Hallenbeck, director of Washington State Transportation Center, about the impact of the vote on Proposition 1.

Public Transportation
11:39 am
Thu April 17, 2014

King County Prop 1 Vote Expected To Be 'Surprisingly Close'

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Even before the Washington State Legislature failed to pass a transportation funding package this session, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the county would not wait for the state.

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.

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April Election
11:42 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Will King County’s Prop 1 Fix Metro’s Bumpy Ride?

Metro Transit operator Lisa Nault says there's a free shuttle downtown as an alternative after the ride free zone ended, but no one knows about it.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

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.

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Elections
7:44 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Popular King County Bus Routes On The Chopping Block If Prop. 1 Fails

King County Metro buses are facing cuts if Proposition 1 fails to pass. Of those lines facing possible extinction, routes 4, 21 and 72 have the highest ridership, each moving thousands of riders per day.
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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.

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Transportation
11:16 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Prop 1 Debate: King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit

If passed, the measure would levy a 0.1 sales tax increase and raise the car tab fee to $60.
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Steve Scher moderates a debate over the upcoming King County special election ballot measure. If Proposition 1 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.

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