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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:02 PM

Looming Fiscal Cliff For Seattle Transit





(Derek Wang Seattle, KUOW) Bus service in King County could get some good news this week. Washington state lawmakers are expected to introduce a plan that could prevent a looming fiscal crisis. But first, it has to clear some hurdles.

One of the most heavily used bus routes in King County is bus route 7. Officials say as many as 12,000 people ride the number 7 bus every day. Resident Steven Anderson relies on it and hasnt owned a car in years. He said the number 7 can be really packed during rush hour.

It will be to the point where it will even pass you because its too full, he said. So it wont even pick you up, so you have to wait for the next one or the one after that.

Crowded buses are a problem that could have been worse if the Washington state Legislature hadnt stepped in. About two years ago, King County Metro was faced with making massive cuts that would have affected most riders. But those major reductions never happened. Metro cut some costs, trimmed some schedules and ended the downtown Ride Free Zone. It also won new funding authority from the state Legislature and started charging a $20 vehicle license fee for bus service. ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://transportationnation.org/2013/02/20/looming-fiscal-cliff-for-seattle-transit/



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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:38 PM

1. Sounds like SF Muni

It will be to the point where it will even pass you because its too full, he said. So it wont even pick you up, so you have to wait for the next one or the one after that.


Sounds like Seattle's route 7 (the picture shows it on Rainier Ave.) could be a candidate for light rail, as Muni's notoriously jammed 38-Geary is.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:32 PM

2. My favorite MUNI route is Haight-Noriega......


...... ALWAYS fascinating characters on that bus.


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Response to marmar (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:50 PM

3. It's probably jammed, too

since they got rid of the 7-Haight trolley bus that went as far as Golden Gate Park on weekdays.

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