Afternoon Jolt: The Metro Deal

The day's winners and losers.

08/12/2011 By Afternoon Jolt


County Executive, Council Announce Plan to Pass $20 Metro Fee, Eliminate Ride-Free Zone

King County elected officials including Republicans on the King County Council, announce a plan for preserving Metro service, including a two-year $20 vehicle license fee and the elimination of the downtown Ride-Free zone.

08/12/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

"Yay! Metro is Saved" (By Killing the Ride-Free Area?)

Caffeinated News & Gossip: Friday Edition.

08/12/2011 By Morning Fizz


Group Forms to Protest Bus Cuts

A group calling itself the Free Riders Union vows to refuse to pay fare to protest potential Metro service cuts.

08/11/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Survey Says: Majority Want Council to Save Transit

The overwhelming majority of those who testified on a proposed $20 license fee to pay for transit support the fee, and a strong majority want the King County Council to pass the fee without putting it on the ballot.

08/09/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


The People Have Spoken

Democratic King County Council Member Larry Phillips, the council's transportation chair, says the council should approve the $20 vehicle license fee on its own.

08/09/2011 By Larry Phillips


Some of Metro's Highest-Ridership Routes Slated for Cuts

Comparing Metro's highest-ridership routes to the routes that could be cut if the county fails to adopt a two-year, $20 vehicle license fee.

08/08/2011 By Josh Feit


Women's Group: Bus Cuts Will Hurt Homeless Women's Access to Health Care

In a letter to county council members today, the Seattle Women's Commission says cutting bus service will disproportionately hurt homeless women who rely on transit to get to health care.

07/26/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Aggressive Tactics

Tuesday Edition: KC Council puts off car license vote; Tom Rasmussen goes after the other aggressive solicitors; Seattle Times reports on tunnel tolling, but misses key point; pro and con tunnel camps send out dueling press releases on latest contribution

07/26/2011 By Morning Fizz


King County Council Defers Metro Decision Until August 15

The King County Council opts to defer a vote on a temporary $20 Metro fee for two weeks, in the hope of reaching a compromise.

07/25/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Seattle Road Maintenance Backlog Second Only to LA's; Ballot Measure Could Be Below $80

City Council members express concern over the size of a potential license fee to pay for transportation.

07/25/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Wrong on Both Counts

Monday Edition: Setting the Washington Policy Center straight; setting Tim Eyman straight; shootings in the suburbs; and more.

07/25/2011 By Morning Fizz


Mayor, Council Support Metro Fee

City of Seattle officials are united in their support for a temporary $20 fee to fund Metro transit.

07/22/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Including Republicans Jane Hague and Pete Von Reichbauer

Friday Edition: Endorsements, cuts, votes, winning recipes, and speeches starring the chamber of commerce, the King County Council, Sally Clark, Dennis Kucinich, and Maurice Classen.

07/22/2011 By Morning Fizz


Patterson: "Ready to Support" $20 Metro Fee

King County Council member Julia Patterson comes off the fence on transit fee.

07/19/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Sodexo, Villain to Student Activists, Caters Jay Inslee Event

Tuesday Edition: Inslee and Sodexo; Classen and Godden; Metro and the suburbs; McGinn and the rainy day fund; Dian Ferguson and Shawn Kemp.

07/19/2011 By Morning Fizz


Afternoon Jolt: Anti-Tunnel Initiative Can't Go On Ballot

The day's winners and losers.

07/18/2011 By Afternoon Jolt