Don’t forget tonight’s public meeting on proposed bus service cuts by Metro Transit in the wake of severe budget problems. Judging by the comments on the original post and on Facebook, you’re concerned. And I don’t blame you.
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, will be hit hard.
Routes 26 and 28’s normal service, 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.
Tonight’s meeting takes place at the King County Courthouse, Council Chambers, 516 Third Ave.