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Dueling Proposals to Save Bus Service in Seattle

After a resounding defeat to Proposition 1, a countywide measure that would have raised fees and taxes to address an ongoing budget deficit at King County Metro Transit, Seattle is scrambling to find the money to preserve local bus routes.
May 15, 2014, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled his proposal to give Seattle voters another option to save Seattle-centric [bus] routes, although he's still got his eye on a broader, regional plan," reports Liz Jones.

"Murray’s transit plan mirrors the Prop 1 funding model. It would call for a $60 vehicle fee and 0.1 percent sales tax to maintain bus service. That money would only be used for routes within the city."

Murray's plan differs from an earlier plan, proposed by a group called Friends of Transit, which would have devoted funds from property taxes to maintain about 70 routes on the city's bus system.

In a separate article, Mike Londblom also covers Mayor Murray's plan relative to the earlier proposal by Friends of Transit. In comparing the prospects of either plan gaining approval with voters: "There’s no guarantee voters will pass the new taxes. On the other hand, some 66 percent of Seattle voters favored last month’s losing Proposition 1, a countywide request for the same tax rates, some of which would have gone to roads."

As for possible measures for how cities outside of Seattle might be able to save select bus routes, Lindblom also provides details of a new "Community Mobility Contracts" program, proposed by King County Executive Dow Constatine. 

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Published on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in KUOW
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