State lawmakers are at an impasse, with Sen. Rodney Tom‘s Majority Coalition Caucus stubbornly holding our transit funding hostage to their austerity agenda. Â Dow Constantine has announced that King County will pursue a “Plan B” to save Metro, sending a regressive tax package (a flat Vehicle License Fee of up to $100 and a sales tax increase of up to 0.2%) to voters as early as April. Seattle council members are scrutinizing the city’s powersÂ for alternative options. Â And with no sure funding on the horizon, Metro is planning for 17% service cuts to begin next spring.
2014 will be a critical year, and the events of the next few months could determine the future of King County’s transit system for years to come. What should the Transit Riders Union do? We want you to help us decide – and we can’t do it without you. Join TRU nowÂ toÂ have a voice and a vote at our first Membership Meeting of 2014. Let’s work and fight together to save and expand our public transit system!
Public Forum January 16th
Mark your calendar! The Transit Riders Union is collaborating with Seattle Central Community College and other groups to hold a community forum on the future of King County MetroÂ on Thursday, January 16 at the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway. There will be two sessions, one from 12:00 – 2:00 pm and one from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Â Come listen, question, discuss and take action!