Metro Transit is asking the King County Council for a temporary $20 annual surcharge on licensed vehicles as a stop-gap measure to maintain bus service. Metro has announced that if the council doesn’t approve the surcharge, it will have to cut up to 600,000 service hours – or 17 percent of current bus routes – in 2012 and 2013.
According to Metro’s proposal, routes 5, 26 and 28, which serve Fremont, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, will be hit hard.
Routes 26 and 28, which runs along 36th Street, would be eliminated. The 26 & 28 Express would be reduced or revised.
Both the Local and Express service on Route 5, which runs along Fremont Avenue North, would be reduced or revised.
You can weigh in on the issue at two public meetings, next Tuesday, July 12, at the King County Courthouse, Council Chambers, 516 Third Ave., Seattle; and at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the Burien City Council Chambers, 400 SW 152nd St., Burien.
If you can’t make it to one of the public hearings, you can submit your comments to the council online.