The Queen Anne Community Council and the Magnolia Community Club will have a joint meeting on Thursday, March 13, to discuss bus-service cuts in the neighborhoods. The meeting will take place at Catharine Blaine School (2550 34th Ave. W.), from 7 to 9 p.m.
King County Council chairperson Larry Phillips and Metro Transit service-planning supervisor Martin Minkoff will present details about the funding package before it is up for vote on the April 22 ballot.
Questions to be considered: Will Magnolia residents lose all bus service to University of Washington? Will commuters on the west side of Magnolia need to add a half-hour to their commute time? Will the east side of Queen Anne lose its bus route altogether? Will route changes and reduced hours for Magnolia and Queen Anne force residents into their cars? Can anything be done to save bus service we presently count on?
Proposed changes to Metro bus service to Magnolia and Queen Anne that will occur without increased funding can be reviewed at metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/proposed-changes.html#routes_1-50.
A stalemate in the state Legislature led King County Executive Dow Constantine to propose a measure to maintain funding for Metro buses. The Metropolitan King County Council voted unanimously to seek voter approval of the measure on the April 22 ballot. The measure will include a $60 annual vehicle fee, a sales tax increase of one-tenth of a cent and a 25-cent fare increase, starting in 2015. The fare increase will be accompanied by a low-income reduced fare of $1.25.