UW searches for solution to Metro cuts

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 5:13 PM

Metro cutbacks have one of our state's largest employers scrambling to come up with a backup plan.

The University of Washington said 35,000 students and faculty use Metro to get to campus. And 15,000 of them could see their bus route disappear completely in the fall.

The university's director of transportation said if all of them switched to cars, it would be 'carmaggedon,' because most parking lots are too crowded already and many of them have been converted to academic buildings.

"As we've seen our parking capacity decrease, it really puts us in a situation where we can't go back to the way things were 20 years ago," said director Josh Kavanagh.

Kavanagh warned it's a problem for the entire county, because the majority of students and faculty do not live near campus.

The school is expanding its carpool parking and pushing ride share and van pool programs too.

There are online resources for students and faculty who want to look into carpooling and ride sharing.

 

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