King County Metro Transit

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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Public Transportation
3:08 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Argument Against King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit

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Ross Reynolds talks with Bob Pishue 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.

Transportation
3:12 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

The Woes Of Funding Public Transit

King County Metro Transit is facing a 17 percent cut to service.
Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Rob Johnson, the executive director of Transportation Choices, about how cities deal with transit funding woes.

Transportation
4:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

King County Executive Constantine's Plan B For Metro

King County Executive Dow Constantine is calling for a plan B – an April 22nd vote by King County voters to raise the money to prevent cuts to King County Metro Transit.
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

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.

Public Transportation
3:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Union Bus Driver Says Contract Proposal Is "Attack On The Work Force"

Flickr photo/Oran Viriyincy

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 Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587.

Special Session Closes
3:10 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

King County's Response To Stalled Transporation Package

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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.

Gas Tax
5:57 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Gov. Inslee: Special Session On Transportation Needed

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

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.

The session would address what Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine described as the state’s urgent transportation needs.

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Public Transit Community
11:12 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Bus Driver Love Stories

Bus driver Ben Shinolt in Seattle 1954. Our area has been served by some great transit operators, share your stories with us.
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The tragic news of a bus driver being shot earlier this week  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.  Ross Reynolds talks to listeners about their best bus drivers.

Interfaith Amigos
9:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Metro Driver Safety, Gay Rights In Russia And The Interfaith Amigos

Metro Driver Safety
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.

Gay Rights In Russia
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.

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?

Interfaith Amigos
Death is something we all need to grapple with. The Three Interfaith Amigos join us with a look at what religion has to say about mortality and the afterlife. 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.   

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

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Looming Bus Cuts
4:56 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

King County Metro Could Cancel Nearly 30 Percent Of Bus Routes

A King County Metro Bus In Downton Seattle
Flickr photo/Zolk

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.

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Paying To Get Around
7:38 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Looming Fiscal Cliff For King County Transit

A crowd gathers waiting for the #7 bus.
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

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.

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Healthy Living
9:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Is Living "All Natural" Worth It?

Organic produce.
Credit Flickr photo/Sarah Gilbert

Organic and “all natural” products are on the rise.  Grocery stores have expanded their free-range, non-toxic options. We’re paying more trying to make healthier choices for our bodies and our world. More women are choosing “natural childbirth” and tossing old plastic Tupperware to avoid toxic leaching.  Are all these efforts really working?  Is there a right way and a wrong way to live “naturally?” Journalist Nathanael Johnson has answers.

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