This would mean 177 bus routes – stretching from Seatac to Shoreline – will be slashed, reduced, or even eliminated! In SE Seattle the current proposal would affect 11 buses including: 7, 8, 42, 36, 106, and the 107!
This is the last thing we need at a time when more and more people need transit to get to work and avoid high gas prices.
- Right now, send a letter to the King County Council to support stop-gap funding.
- Attend the next public hearing. Let us know which you can come to:
A) Tuesday, July 12: King County Courthouse, Council Chambers (10th Floor), 516 Third Ave., Seattle
B) Thursday, July 21: Burien City Council Chambers, 400 SW 152nd St., Burien
People rely on King County Metro buses to get to work, school, and the hospital. In fact, 36% of commuters in King County use the bus. These cuts will disproportionally affect People of Color, immigrants, and our elders who make up a larger percentage of transit dependent riders in SE Seattle.
Unfortunately, out-dated state law locks King County Metro into the local sales tax for local revenue. Because sales tax revenue is volatile and has dropped off, King County Metro has already taken significant measures to keep the buses running. But they are still facing a 17% budget gap.
That’s why Puget Sound Sage is joining with transit, environmental groups, unions, and grassroots community groups in SE Seattle to urge King County Council to pass a local funding option – a one-time temporary “congestion relief charge” that State Legislature granted last session.
But unless we can get two more supporters on the King County Council, the congestion relief charge will not pass and Metro will have to cut service.
There is no time to waste. Join with us and save King County Metro.
- Send a letter to the King County Council.
- Attend the next public hearing.
- Leaflet your local bus stop.
Thanks for your support!