Bipartisan attack on ST3 funding threatens light-rail extensions

(April 20, 2017) — The Legislature is wrapped up in discussions about how to fund (or not fund) K-12 education. But if you look under the covers, you will see that these very same elected representatives and senators are intent on defunding Sound Transit 3. Instead of simply abiding by the voters’ approval of the tax increases necessary to fund mass transit in the Puget Sound area, they are engaging in a bipartisan attack on the election results.

Last November, we approved Sound Transit 3, with more than 54 percent support for the taxes necessary to build out our light rail system. To finance this, voters ratified Sound Transit’s financing plan, which increases property taxes by $25 per $100,000 in assessed value, hikes sales taxes by one half of one percent, and increases annual car-tab fees by about $80 for a vehicle valued at $10,000.

That money will enable Sound Transit to complete a 108-mile light rail network from Everett to Tacoma. By 2040, Sound Transit and its regional transit partners, including Community Transit, will carry more than 200 million passengers, with seven out of 10 trips made by rail, most of those by light rail. That is the key, because light rail is dependable, doesn’t get stuck in traffic, and takes you to where you want to go, or at least close by!

During the campaign, Sound Transit was completely transparent about the taxes. We all knew that our car tabs would increase a lot in 2017 to help fund Sound Transit. So when the first invoices arrived, the vast majority of people just paid their tabs. But a vocal minority, with big tabs from expensive cars, took their displeasure to Olympia, hoping that the Legislature would listen to their stories and disregard the will of the people.

Now we have a bipartisan attack on Sound Transit, with both Republicans and Democrats offering proposals for defunding.  The Republicans in the Senate are straightforward. One bill, sponsored by Sen. Dino Rossi (R-Sammamish), would allow cities and counties to opt out of all Sound Transit taxes. With this one bill, the Republicans enable any city to pull itself out of Sound Transit, regardless of how its citizens benefit. Free rides for all! This bill also appears to be a moneymaker for Tim Eyman, as it enables local initiatives to void all taxes paying for Sound Transit.

In this context, the Democrats’ proposal in the House of Representatives doesn’t look so bad. But it is not good. It, too, undermines the vote of the people last year and the financing necessary for building out Sound Transit.  Twenty Democrats in the House of Representatives endorsed the Sound Transit 3 ballot initiative. Now they are proposing to lower car tabs for motorists who have bought cars recently, and especially for those who have bought the most expensive cars. This is what is considered “providing fair tax relief for motorists.”

Do Democrats think they can win votes from the complainers who do not want to pay their car tabs for Sound Transit? The Democratic proposal does not roll back car tabs to where they were last year. So if you are going to complain, you will complain about your car tab increase whether it is $100 or $200 or $300.

One owner stated that he was billed three times as much as what he paid last year. His total bill was $406. Under the Democrats’ bill, it will be around $275. He won’t like that either.

But let’s stick with the law as approved by the voters. $406 sounds like a lot. Now consider his vehicle: a 2010 Range Rover, with a sticker price of more than $76,000. If he can afford a car that is valued at twice the total annual earnings of typical workers in our state, then he can afford his car tabs. They cost him $1.11 a day.

Under the Democrats’ bill, if passed, car tabs for this fellow would be 75 cents a day. He would save 36 cents a day and Sound Transit would lose 36 cents a day. That’s not much, but you add together all these reductions, and Sound Transit loses $780 million in car tab fees. This will result in a total loss of $2 billion over 25 years, a loss of 4 percent of the total budget for Sound Transit 3, worth about four miles of light rail track.

Perhaps the light rail to Everett would end at Paine Field. You could take a taxi to downtown!

 

Originally published at The Stand.

Lead with Vision, Governor Inslee – Transform Rail from Problem to Solution

PETITION: Governor Inslee – Champion a Just Transition to Safer, Sustainable Railroads via Solutionary Rail

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The June 3, 2016 explosive oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon reminded us that the railroads that run through our communities are being utilized in ways that are endangering public health and safety, polluting our water and air, and ultimately harming our oceans and climate. Current railroad uses also negatively impact agriculture shipments, strand rural communities, delay passenger trains, and displace other higher-value potential for rail. As we have told you before, this does not have to be the case.  We need your leadership to change it.  And we need it now.

Bomb Trains have no place in the railroad industry’s business model nor in the future of safe and sustainable rail transport.  We therefore echo our allies in the call for a moratorium on the shipping of explosive Bakken oil through our communities.  But it is not enough to say “No.” That is why we have worked for three years to craft a vision to which all can proclaim a  resounding  “YES!” 

Solutionary Rail is a proposal that places railroads at the center of a sustainable transport infrastructure redefining the future of US rail.  It charts a path that overcomes the impediments to infrastructure improvement on our privately owned railroads through public-private partnership to finance, build and run a publicly owned electrification and transmission system.  It mandates that this system be fed by distributed renewable energy generation along the route and raises the bar on protecting railroad workers and communities along the tracks.

Solutionary Rail is a catalyst project that creates synergies for positive movement and a broader just transition away from fossil fuel use and transport.
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Shipping freight by electrified rail is efficient, requiring approximately 10-25 percent of the energy required to ship by diesel truck.  Rail electrification results in dramatic capacity improvements and track speeds up to 80 and 120 MPH for high-value freight and passengers respectively.  Electrifying corridors unlocks the potential for distributed renewable energy generation and prosperity for rural communities, tribes, and power co-operatives along the route.

Running rail on renewable energy results in near-zero carbon emissions. This addresses trains’ contribution to rural and urban public health problems caused by burning diesel. Rail electrification will nearly eliminate the need for long-haul trucking and therefore reduce that source of emissions as well.  This will make freeways more safe, less burdened by the trucks that cause the most traffic fatalities and exact a disproportionate physical toll on the infrastructure itself.

Solutionary Rail is a key component of a just transition away from the fossil fuel economy. Improvements in speed, service and capacity will draw passengers and freight off deteriorating, overcrowded freeways and clogged airports and back onto the trains and tracks. This increase in capacity combined with establishing regular freight and passenger schedules will improve service and undue a systemic cause of worker fatigue.  No longer living without a schedule, on call 24/7/365 rail workers and communities they travel through will be safer and happier.

Farmers and businesses will be able to confidently rely on rail to ship their crops and products to market in a timely manner. This increase in higher value use will displace railroads’ current business model dependent upon the transport of dirty and dangerous fossil fuel commodities.  It will be replaced by a business model that serves rail companies, their workers, and the communities and regional economies they connect.

Solutionary Rail’s phase I is the route from Salish Sea to the Great Lakes, principally on BNSF’s Northern Transcon.  Successful rail electrification and modernization in the United States must start with a successful demonstration on a major rail line.  The Northern Transcon is a nationally important transport route, crossing diverse weather patterns and regional economies. It offers the perfect opportunity to successfully demonstrate rail electrification’s potential to deliver of renewed vitality for US railroads and economy.

Electrified, higher-speed rail provides the foundation for sustainable jobs and prosperity through improved transportation access and stable long-term costs. By spurring the creation of a Steel Interstate Development Authority to finance electrification with low interest public bonds and building a rail electrification partnership with BNSF and others across the Northern Transcon, you Governor Inslee will be making Washington State a launch pad for the clean energy revolution you have long sought. We implore you Governor Inslee to lead with vision and champion the Solutionary Rail proposal.

SR-Map-Cab-BuildoutGIF.gifHere are the action steps we need you to take Governor Inslee: 

  • Personally Champion the Solutionary Rail vision for a future railroad industry and infrastructure that is no longer dependent upon shipping dirty and dangerous fossil fuel commodities.
  • Create an executive level task force of cabinet and agency leads to work with the Solutionary Rail technical team to study and enhance the proposal and guarantee that its key public benefit components cannot be negotiated away.
  • Convene a leadership summit, drawing in relevant governors, agency and elected officials to adopt an implementations plan for this inter-jurisdictional proposal and a pathway for creating a multi-state Steel Interstate Development Authority able to implement Solutionary Rail’s phase I pilot from the Salish Sea to the Great Lakes.
  • Negotiate a win/win partnership with Northern Transcon railroad owners including BNSF and its owner, Berkshire Hathaway led by Warren Buffett to access all necessary right of ways to build out and maintain the electrification and transmission infrastructure across the Solutionary Rail phase I corridor.
  • Begin the electrification build-out and development of stranded renewable energy assets across Solutionary Rail route, and transition to a duel powered and pure electric locomotive fleet for higher-speed freight and passenger rail to creates new customers and draw old ones off of the roads and back onto the tracks.

So once again Governor Inslee:

We the undersigned call upon you to be the champion we and future generations need you to be. Re-spark your passion for clean renewable solutions articulated in your book Apollo’s Fire.  Protect our land and people from bomb trains and the fossil fuel driven economy. Lead boldly and use your power to get railroads on a track to a future we can all be proud of. 

Champion Backbone Campaign’s Solutionary Rail proposal.

With Respect and Urgency,

Solutionary Rail Team
The Backbone Campaign
& Undersigning Allies

The terrorists in our midst

They live amongst us, pretending to be normal people.

But each year they kill over 35,000 Americans.

They poison our air and damage our health, causing asthma, lung disease, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

They finance ISIS and Al Qaeda.

They lead us to fight wars.

They cause catastrophic climate change.

They destroy the livability of our cities.

They lower our real estate values.

They waste our time.

Who are these domestic terrorists?

They’re car drivers, commuters, you and me (though I always commute by bike or bus).

Driving is like smoking in a nursery

The World Health Organization reports that every year there are about 7 million premature deaths due to air pollution.

The Union of Concerned Scientists says:

Nearly one half of all Americans—an estimated 150 million—live in areas that don’t meet federal air quality standards. Passenger vehicles and heavy-duty trucks are the main sources of this pollution, which includes ozone, particulate matter, and other smog-forming emissions.

The health risks of air pollution are extremely serious. Poor air quality increases respiratory ailments like asthma and bronchitis, heightens the risk of life-threatening conditions like cancer, and burdens our health care system with substantial medical costs. Particulate matter is singlehandedly responsible for up to 30,000 premature deaths each year.

Passenger vehicles are a major pollution contributor, producing significant amounts of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and other pollution. In 2013, transportation contributed more than half of the carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons emitted into our air.

Fewer than 5000 people have died due to terrorism in America since the 1960s. But each year seven times as many people die in car crashes.

The U.S. has more than three times the road fatality rate per capita as the United Kingdom (11.6 deaths per 100,000 people versus 3.5) and more than  twice the road fatality rate per vehicle (13.6 per 100,000  vehicles versus 6.2).   “In the 1990s, the United Kingdom dropped its road fatalities by 34 percent. The United States managed a 6.5% reduction. Why the difference? It was mostly speed …. While the United Kingdom was introducing speed cameras, the United States was resisting cameras and raising speed limits.” [Traffic — Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), by Tom Vanderbilt, 2008]

 

Hey Drivers, Your filth fouls my lungs. Take a bus or carpool.

Admittedly, for some drivers there’s no feasible alternative to traveling by car.  But for many of the people on our road, carpooling or riding the bus is quite feasible and would allow them to read, nap, and avoid stress.  But people want to drive because of the convenience and because it saves them some time.  But at what cost to our health, our economy, our foreign policy, and the quality of our lives?

Support Solutionary Rail

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URGENT: Is one of your WA State Legislators on the House Appropriations Committee?
(ALSO – See Solutionary Rail article at Crosscut.com)

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Friends, Solutionary Rail is one of those rare projects that is nearly bullet-proof for interests across the State regardless of political affiliation. Agriculture, labor, municipalities, and environmentalists and more have reason to unite unite behind this common sense plan. A WSU team wants to do a feasibility study of our proposal. This proviso to allocate $250k for WSU study is in the House Appropriations Committee. Representative Larry Haler (R) has said he would bring this to the budget, but we need to have his back from both sides of the aisles to keep this about a win/win for all of Washington State.Please contact your legislators this coming week, or attend a town hall event this weekend. Here’s a Map of WA State Legislature Town Halls. Here’s an article in Crosscut about our effort and a link to a conference we are co-sponsoring with railroad workers next weekend in Olympia. Print out and bring a copy of the Solutionary Rail feasibility proviso and the new “Solutionary Rail “one-sheet” (front/back).

Language urging support for proviso:

Dear Representative _________ (Appropriations Committee member)

I urge you to take a close look at a budget proviso being offered by Rep. Haler to allocate $250,000 for WSU transport economists to conduct a study of the benefits and costs of a public-private partnership to electrify freight rail along the northern rail route from Seattle to Chicago, allowing higher speed transport of goods to market.

This study would explore the feasibility of a Steel-Interstate Infrastructure Development Authority to use public bonding authority in a public-private partnership with BNSF to make infrastructure improvements to this important rail route.

Bringing this rail route into the 21st century will have important positive benefits for Washington’s agriculture, manufacturing, ports and other of sectors of the Washington State economy. It will also benefit Washington’s municipalities, tribes and workers. The study would determine potential tax-payer savings on highway infrastructure through diversion of freight transport from roads to rails and the potential for increased development and transmission of renewable electric power in the right-of-way. It would also help achieve State climate goals and stimulate rural economic vitality.

Below is a list of the members of the House Appropriations Committee. These are the folks we need to focus on to get a proviso into the budget.

Thank you for doing what you can. This is a pivotal moment for Solutionary Rail, when a few people could make a huge difference. Please send me an email report on what calls, emails or other contact you made.

In Gratitude & Collaboration,

Bill Moyer
Executive Director
Backbone Campaign
o. 206-408-8058
c. 206-356-9980

 

Transit Riders, take action & speak up for HB 2186!

You know those vast parking lots at Northgate Mall, Walmart, Home Depot and other big box stores? Not only do they take up space and create an environment hostile to pedestrians, they contribute to stormwater runoff pollution and they stand nearly empty much of the time. And yet, they’re totally exempt from the Commercial Parking Tax that Seattle levies on lots where customers pay to park.

The Transit Riders Union has been working with progressive legislators in Olympia on legislation that would authorize a tax on Non-Residential Parking Facilities, requiring the parking lot owner to pay for these huge expanses of pavement. This progressive tax would close the loophole that exempts “free” parking spaces that actually come with high social costs. It would raise badly-needed revenue for public transit, as well as being good for the environment and improving our urban landscape.

Now is the time to contact your representatives in the House in support of HB 2186! Name the bill number and tell them you support a tax on non-residential parking facilities.

It’s easy to find your legislators here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Or, just call the legislative hotline, 1-800-562-6000, leave a message with your name and street address, and it will be forwarded to your legislators.

Join the Delegation for Affordable Transit!

San Francisco recently made the riding the bus free for low to moderate income youth, senior and disabled riders. So why did King County just raise fares for all these riders? Senior and disabled riders have seen their annual bus pass costs increase more than fourfold since 2010.

With the March 1st fare increases, Metro now has among the highest fares in the nation. C’mon King County – we can do so much better than this!

The Transit Riders Union is forming a Delegation of hundreds of riders to meet with elected officials and present our vision of affordable public transit. Join us! Our first meeting with County Councilmembers will take place in mid-April, date and time to be announced soon. Is your quality of life compromised because fares are too high? Do you have friends or family who count quarters and budget for each ride to school or services? We want your voice in the Delegation. Together we’re going to win affordable transit!

Join TRU

Support Senate Bill 5553 to create a state bank and support vital infrastructure

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Create the Washington State Investment Trust, Support Vital Infrastructure

Get SB 5553 a Public Hearing – Call the Committee Members
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We need creative solutions to spur investment in Washington State to support infrastructure for schools, stimulate economic development, put more Washingtonians to work and make projects like Solutionary Rail closer to becoming a reality.

The American Society Of Civil Engineers rated 372 of Washington state’s bridges as structurally deficient in 2013. With little investment in vital infrastructure, it’s only gotten worse. If you think this is outrageous, then we need your help.

Senator Bob Hasegawa of the 11th Legislative district has sponsored Senate Bill 5553 to create a state bank that could leverage state accounts to generate funds for critical infrastructure projects.

SB 5553 has been referred to the Senate Financial Institutions & Insurance. We NEED YOUR HELP to give SB 5553 a public hearing and move it out of committee!

Please make a call to the committee members and ask them to give SB 5553 a public hearing (make sure to leave a message if you don’t get through)!

Benton, Don (R) : Chair ~ (360) 786-7632
Angel, Jan (R) : Vice Chair ~ (360) 786-7650
Mullet, Mark (D) : Ranking Minority Member ~ (360) 786-7608
Darneille, Jeannie (D) : (360) 786-7652
Fain, Joe (R) : (360) 786-7692
Hobbs, Steve (D) : (360) 786-7686
Litzow, Steve (R) : (360) 786-7641
Pedersen, Jamie (D) : (360) 786-7628
Roach, Pam (R) : (360) 786-7660

“The legislature finds that there are significant public infrastructure needs of the state that are unmet, and that the level of unmet need has been exacerbated by the economic downturn. The legislature further finds that there are opportunities to use the state’s depository assets to generate additional benefit for the people and the economy of the state. Therefore, the legislature intends to create the Washington investment trust as a legacy institution that amasses sufficient capital reserves to address opportunities now and in the future.”

Thank you for taking action.
– Forward Together!

 

Support public transit at Westlake, Valentine's Day at noon

Valentine’s Day Informational Picket

“HEY KING COUNTY! HAVE A HEART!”
— Roll Back the Fare Hikes!
— Keep Public Transit Accessible to All!
— Honor Transit Workers with a Fair Contract!

Saturday, February 14, 12:00 pm
WESTLAKE PARK, 4th & PIKE, SEATTLE

<span”>After approving more taxes to save bus service, Seattleites now face a fare hike — compliments of King County elected officials. On March 1, fares rise 25 cents, and more for seniors. Meanwhile, Metro is cutting rider info on weekends and denying Metro transit workers a fair contract.

Rather than hand Boeing $8.7 billion in sweetheart deals, elected officials need to fix the state’s regressive tax structure. Help build a movement to win progressive funding that includes taxing King County’s wealth: expand public transit, lower fares, and end Metro’s sweatshop on wheels with a fair contract.

  • Call KC Exec Dow Constantine at 206-296-4040 & KC Council at 206-296-1000.
    Tell them to show the love for public transit and a humane work environment!

Issued by Shop Floor 587 – a rank-&-file caucus of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 587, committed to the ATU motto “Freedom through Organization.” email shopfloor587@gmail.com

Endorsers: Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS), Transit Riders Union (TRU) and Seattle Radical Women (SRW)

Cuts to the transit cuts, low income fare comments

The King County Council has just canceled plans for further bus cuts, largely by reducing Metro’s reserve fund. They’re banking on a booming economy, which is a dangerous bet – another downturn in sales tax revenue & we’ll be in serious trouble. But in the meantime, if Seattle TBD Proposition 1 passes, there will be $45 million available to expand and improve as well as preserve bus service. More frequent runs? Better Night Owl service? More Reduced Fare bus tickets? Lower fares? More recovery time between runs so drivers can use the bathroom? If Seattle TBD Proposition 1 passes, which of these things should TRU push for?  Join TRU and be part of the decision.Want to learn more or get involved in the campaign for Proposition 1?  Come to our Membership Meeting next Monday, October 6, 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Labor Temple Hall 6, 2800 1st Avenue.

Sound Transit Considers a Low Income Fare – Public Comment

Sound Transit is now considering following Metro’s lead in offering a reduced fare to low income riders.  This is great news, and and testament to the power of the Transit Riders Union and all our allied organizations that fought with us for a low income reduced fare over the past two years.

So what’s the problem?  Sound Transit wants to fund this program through a general fare increase of $0.25.  Is this necessary?  No, actually with voter approval Sound Transit could assess an Employer Tax that would more than cover the costs.  We’re facing a global climate crisis – now is not the time to be raising fares and driving “choice riders” back to their cars!

The public comment period is open until October 23.  Tell them what you think.

A Challenge to Warren Buffet: End BNSF railroad's dependence on hauling and burning fossil fuels!

The Buffett Legacy Project is our moral appeal to multi-billionaire Warren Buffett, owner of BNSF. We launched a petition on Sunday and released a series of video letters asking that Buffett: (full letter below)

“End BNSF railroad’s dependence on hauling and burning fossil fuels. Partner with Gov. Inslee to electrify BNSF, increase track speeds, and run your trains on 100% renewable energy from Seattle to Chicago.”

This “Ask” is backed up with our companion Solutionary Rail project, our policy proposal to shift the economics of rail to make it an engine for sustainable transport and renewable energy rather than an accelerator for climate and environmental catastrophe. The Solutionary Rail proposal is being created by a dedicated team from around the country which has been meeting since last October. Patrick Mazza and I outlined the Solutionary Rail proposal on Diane Horn’s Sustainability Segment on KEXP last Saturday. (Listen here).

Feeling adventurous? If you create your own respectful-yet-strong moral appeal to Mr. Buffett, we’ll add it to the campaign.

Sign onto this letter to Warren Buffett via http://BuffettLegacy.org petition:

Dear Mr. Buffett,

Please, stop “hedging your bets” with investments in further use offossil fuels that are guaranteed to harm the climate and the well beingof future generations. Your railroad, BNSF’s reliance on shipping coaland oil is not sustainable for your company, your workers, or theplanet. These fuels are causing climate disruption, oceanacidification, damaging public health, and endangering the environmentsand cultural inheritance of the communities they move through.

As the owner, you have the capacity to break the BNSF’s and the railroadindustry’s addiction to the consumption and transport of fossil fuels. You alone have the power to transform the role and impact of railroadsfrom being part of the problem to being a pivotal component of thesolution.

As you have pointed out, transportation by rail is 3-4 times more energyefficient than by truck. Electrification of the railroad would multiplythat efficiency again by 3. Investment in modernization of rail lineswill deliver higher speeds, which will draw high value freight off oftrucks on our overburdened highways and make intercity passenger servicemore attractive. Electrified rail can run on zero emissions energy fromwind, sun and other renewable sources. It is even possible for yourrailroad’s right-of-way to serve as a highly efficient HVDC transmissioncorridor for clean, renewable energy.

We call this vision Solutionary Rail. We urge you to work with Governor Jay Inslee and other regional leadersmake the Northern Transcon part of the solution for future generations. Implement the Solutionary Rail model to create a backbone forsustainable transport and renewable energy infrastructure in the regionthrough which BNSF roles. Establish your legacy as the benevolentbillionaire who had the wisdom to invest in the pivot to a sustainablefuture.

Respectfully,

Signer… (YOU!)


For more on this topic, visit http://solutionaryrail.org/, a project of Backbone Campaign.

Backbone Campaign marked this historic weekend by being out in the streets in Seattle and New York City as well as at the Protect the Sacred rally at the US/Canada border. We used this pivotal moment to launch two new fronts in our campaign to save our beautiful Pacific NW home-bioregion Cascadia and the Salish Sea from becoming a fossil fuel corridor to Asia. I was honored to be able to address the crowd about these projects at the Seattle rally Sunday.

Update on saving Metro buses

The Keep Seattle Moving campaign has decided to suspend signature-gathering for Initiative 118, and the Mayor is expected to announce a ballot measure to save Metro bus service this Tuesday, May 13. Stay tuned…

Thank you to everyone who has been out collecting signatures already! You are invited to our Volunteer Thank-You Party this Friday, May 16, 5:00 – 7:00 at the Owl & Thistle, 808 Post Avenue. (And, of course, you are invited if you volunteered with the Prop 1 Campaign.) Do RSVP by Tuesday by replying to this email, or leave a message at 206-651-4282, so that we can plan accordingly.

Finally, an announcement for TRU Members: the Organizers Meeting this Monday is cancelled. Once we have more information on the Mayor’s proposal we’ll see about rescheduling.

On April 22 Proposition 1 was defeated in King County, despite the heroic efforts and hard work of TRU members and volunteers and many other organizations and individuals. That means bus cuts are on the way. As disheartening as this is, we are far from giving up! While we plan our strategy for the November elections and next legislative session, we still have a chance to save most of Seattle’s bus service.At our Membership Meeting on Monday, TRU endorsed Initiative 118which would raise property taxes in Seattle to stop or reverse cuts on all Metro routes that operate at least 80% within city limits. Over 20,000 valid signatures must be gathered by June 4.

TRU will be on the front lines of this effort, and we need your help!  To volunteer, email TRU’s Outreach Coordinator Lorraine (lorraine@transitriders.org) or leave a message at 206-651-4282.  You can also pick up Petition Sheets at any of the events below.  And if you volunteered with the Prop 1 Campaign, don’t forget to RSVP for our Volunteer Thank-You Party on Friday, May 16!

Let’s Save Our Buses!

Join TRU

Public Hearing on Metro Cuts

On Tuesday, May 13, King County will be holding a public hearing on the upcoming Metro Cuts, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Union Station, 401 S. Jackson. TRU will be there with our table, and this is a great chance to pick up petition sheets and sign up to volunteer.

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