Metro Making More Cuts

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Reposted from Seattle Pulp: by Hanna Brooks Olsen

As I’ve already covered, there are some really very substantial cuts coming to our city’s already not-great bus service. Very substantial. So substantial that, just to review, I’m going to show them to you again. Here’s what’s at stake:

Routes at risk for deletion (65 routes): 7EX, 19, 21EX, 22, 25, 27, 30, 37, 48NEX, 57, 61, 76, 77EX, 82, 83, 84, 99, 110, 113, 114, 118EX, 119, 119EX, 123EX, 139, 152, 154, 157, 159, 161, 173, 179, 190, 192, 197, 200, 201, 203, 205EX, 210, 211EX, 213, 215, 216, 237, 243, 244EX, 250, 257, 260, 265, 268, 277, 280, 304, 308, 601EX, 907DART, 910DART, 913DART, 914DART, 919DART, 927DART, 930DART and 935DART.

Routes at risk for reductions and revisions (86 routes): 1, 2S, 2N, 3S, 3N, 4S, 4N, 5, 5EX, 7, 8, 9EX, 10, 11, 12, 14S, 16, 21, 24, 26, 26EX, 28, 28EX, 29, 31, 36, 41, 43, 47, 48N, 60, 65, 66EX, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 106, 107, 116EX, 118, 121, 122, 125, 148, 156, 177, 181, 182, 186, 187, 193EX, 202, 204, 209, 214, 221, 224, 226, 232, 234, 235, 236, 238, 241, 245, 246, 248, 249, 255, 269, 271, 309EX, 311, 312EX, 331, 355EX, 372EX, 373EX, 901DART, 903DART, 908DART, 909DART and 931DART.

And, also as a reminder, 2/3 of Metro’s estimated 200,000 daily riders don’t have an alternative form of transportation. Which is great for cabs and car services, but terrible for those who are already on the fringe of being priced out of the bus by the astronomical increase in the fares over the last ten years.

But a lot of lawmakers don’t ride the bus and, when facing down the barrel of an epic budgetary shortfall, they’re taking money from transit.

So! Metro and Olympia and City Hall and King County need to hear from you. They need to hear from you on May 14 at 3:30pm and Union Station. They need your testimony because testimonies in this situation have historically been very effective. When this happened the last time, transit-reliant community members — and even those who didn’t depend on the bus — packed the house and, in the end, got a car tab fee passed that preserved the lines on the chopping block for a few years.

Go to this hearing. Just go to it. Even if you don’t testify, show up. Stand around. Take some selfies. Instagram them. Tweet them. Tell your friends to come down because it is important.

Don’t believe me? Check out this super-dire website that Metro has set up for more information.

TL;DR: Your bus line is probably going to get canceled and you need to go tell the people who make decisions that that is a terrible thing on May 14 at Union Station at 3:30pm. 

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