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How to Be Carless in Seattle

Car and bike shares, public transit, and—gasp—jaywalking around town.

08/20/2015 By Allison Williams

One Question

One Question for Metro Head Kevin Desmond

One question about Metro's financial status for Metro GM Kevin Desmond.

10/09/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Power Lines

Prop 1 Could Save King County Metro But Hurt Future Funding

Seattle’s thumbing its nose at Olympia on bus funding by putting Prop 1 on the ballot in November. Will this go-it-alone gambit to preserve transit backfire and ultimately dry up future funding from the state?

10/01/2014 By Josh Feit

Quote Unquote

Metro Bus Driver Theresa Tobin, In Her Own Words

As King County Metro faces budget cuts, an 18-year veteran bus driver has her eyes on the road ahead.

09/01/2014 By Matthew Halverson


PubliCalendar: Light Rail, P-Patches, and Buses

Today's picks for civic nerds.

08/12/2014 By Kristen Farnam


Extra Fizz: SPD Gets Religion, Metro Service, a Brief Council Absence, and Oil Train Verification

Extra Fizz featuring SPD, Metro low-income fares, oil trains, and Tim Burgess' brief health-related council hiatus.

07/25/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Election 2014

Here Are the Routes that Are Going to Be Cut No Matter How You Vote

The bus routes, including several in Seattle, that are slated for cuts in September—two months before the big November Metro vote.

07/21/2014 By Erica C. Barnett


Seattle Flirts with a Cut Your Nose to Spite Your Face Transportation Policy

In a guest op/ed, the Downtown Seattle Association's Jon Scholes argues that two Metro funding proposals are "misguided."

05/21/2014 By Jon Scholes

City Hall

Friday Jolt: Metro Property Tax Supporters Likely to Drop Initiative, Back Murray Plan

PubliCola hears that supporters of a property-tax initiative to fund Seattle-only Metro service will drop their proposal to support a non-property-tax option backed by Mayor Ed Murray.

05/09/2014 By Erica C. Barnett


Metro Head: Seattle-Only Bus Plan Would Stiff Suburbs

King County Metro director Desmond says while Metro will do whatever it can to reduce cuts, a proposed Seattle-only initiative would stiff the suburbs.

04/24/2014 By Erica C. Barnett


"Friends of Transit" Plan Would Fund Bus Service for Routes Mostly in Seattle

A new proposal by a group of transit proponents would fund bus routes whose lines are at least 80 percent within city of Seattle boundaries.

04/23/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Extra Fizz

Late Afternoon Fizz: The Minimum Wage and Metro

Extra Fizz: The minimum wage and the Metro vote.

04/16/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

One Question

One Question for King County (Re: Metro)

One question for King County's budget guru regarding Metro's finances.

03/20/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Urban Upgrade

Dow Constantine Will Save Metro If the Legislature Won’t

The King County executive is going it alone. Call it tactical localism.

02/25/2014 By Josh Feit


Metro Chief: Cuts Would Slash "Meat and Muscle" of Service

At Transportation Choices Coalition forum, Metro head Kevin Desmond lays out the (potential) bleak future for bus service in King County.

02/10/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: The Worst Thing We Could Do

Caffeinated news and gossip featuring downzones, pot markets, bus cuts, and fundraisers.



Striking Defiant Note, Constantine Proposes Metro Ballot Measure

Striking a defiant tone, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposes Metro funding ballot measure.

01/14/2014 By Erica C. Barnett


Constantine to Propose $60 License Fee, .1 Percent Sales Tax

In the face of the legislature's failure to pass a transportation funding package, King County Executive Dow Constantine will announce a King County-only "Plan B."

01/14/2014 By Erica C. Barnett


Guest Op/Ed: For Those With Disabilities, Transit Is a Lifeline

Two disability activists argue that transit access isn't a privilege; it's a lifeline.

10/15/2013 By Teresa "Flying Eagle" Baird and Jacob Struiksma


PubliCalendar: Metro March, Syrian Suffering, and Readings from a Metro Rider.

Today’s picks for civic nerds.

04/04/2013 By Anna Chatilo