Bus riders can share their views about transit and other transportation needs with Senate Transportation Committee members at public forums on Tuesday, Sept. 17 in Bellevue and Monday, Oct. 14 in downtown Seattle.
These “listening sessions” are part of a statewide tour hosted by the Washington State Department of Transportation. At least half of each meeting will be dedicated to public comment, and individual bus, train and ferry riders are encouraged to share their stories.
Where and when
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6-9 p.m.
Stevenson Elementary School
14220 NE 8th St
Monday, Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m.
King County Courthouse, Room 1001
516 3rd Ave, 10th FloorNEW LOCATION: Seattle First Presbyterian Church, 1013 Eighth Ave., Seattle
The forums are a follow-up to the 2013 legislative session. The legislature considered a transportation funding package but did not pass a bill.
Metro faces a $75 million annual shortfall next year, and without a funding solution, will have to begin major service cuts in fall 2014. Metro is planning up to 600,000 hours of service reductions – up to 17 percent of Metro’s service countywide – that would begin in September 2014. Public outreach about proposed reductions will begin this fall. Learn more about Metro’s funding and what’s at risk.
An additional 45,000 annual service hours will have to be cut from bus service in the Alaskan Way Viaduct corridor. State funding to reduce the impacts of the viaduct replacement project runs out next June, even though work on the new tunnel and waterfront improvements will continue through 2019.
Local elected officials and a coalition of community leaders are committed to seeking funding for transit and other local transportation needs as part of a statewide package.
County Executive Dow Constantine and Governor Jay Inslee recently issued a joint call for action on transportation. Inslee said that if legislators can hammer out a transportation package, he’ll call a special legislative session in November. Read the Governor’s statement.
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