1. The (anti-Metro-funding) Seattle Times reports today that while the Kirkland City Council has voted to support April 22's Proposition 1, which would prevent 17 percent cuts to Metro transit service, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is opposed to it—which is sort of like saying the King County Council supports funding transit but the Washington State Automobile Alliance opposes it: That is, axiomatic.
It's hard to argue that Kirkland supports transit while Bellevue opposes it based on the views of a government organization vs. a business group.
2. Want to know what a 17 percent cut would actually look like?
Sightline breaks it down, putting in perspective of other government services, including public school (where 17 percent cuts would mean six weeks fewer classes), or libraries (where they'd mean two months' closure).
Everyone seems to think the fat is in some other neighborhood.
Or, put in individual terms: A 17 percent pay cut works out to nine unpaid weeks per year—the kind of cut that, for most of us, is likely to make a real dent in our ability to pay the bills.
3. Still not convinced that you need to vote "Yes" on Proposition 1 (for which ballots have already landed in the mail)? Check out Frank Chiachiere's editorial on Seattle Transit Blog, where he argues that the sales-tax and vehicle-license fee meaure, while not ideal (unlike a motor-vehicle excise tax, it's regressive; but legislators haven't authorized an MVET), is the only way to avoid decimating King County transit service at a time when demand for that service is rising exponentially.
“[C]utting the fat” ain’t so easy if you’ve ever been to a community meeting where cuts were proposed," Chiachiere writes. "People get angry, they call their Councilmembers, and Metro backs off. Everyone seems to think the fat is in some other neighborhood."
4. Finally, and not strictly bus-related: The "leaning tree" at the bus stop at Mercer and Broadway on Capitol Hill is no more: The Seattle Department of Transportation, the PI.com reports, has removed it, despite its official designation as a "heritage tree."
RIP, leaning tree.