Constantine has new plan for Metro Transit funding


by Rob Piercy

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Updated Monday, May 12 at 8:15 PM

King County voters as a whole said no to Prop. 1, the funding package for Metro, but voters in Seattle said yes.
To leverage that the county will allow cities that want to offset cuts pay for Metro service themselves.

County Executive Dow Constantine was joined by city council members from Seattle and Shoreline for the announcement.
Cities could pay for the service by putting a funding package similar to Prop 1 on the ballot in November.
Seattle City Councilman Tom Rasmussen says that's what Mayor Ed Murray will propose on Tuesday – a 0.1 percent sales tax increase and a $60 car tab fee.

Rasmussen admits that people who voted no might see this as an unfair political "do over."

“I hope that they rethink their vote... that we bring the message to them more effectively how important transit is to all of us... whether we ride the bus or not... it's important to prevent congestion and important to get people to work on time,” he said.

This would not affect the first round of service cuts that go into effect in September. Instead this looks ahead to the next rounds of cuts slated for 2015 and beyond.

For bus riders like Robin Mireles. the plan is welcome news.

"I think that would be a smart idea because we need the bus system, we can't lose it." Mireles said.

"There are too many people that depend on it."