News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood

 

Your Bus Routes Will Remain The Same, County Council Passes $20 Car Tab Fee

August 12th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Crisis averted, Fremont. Changes to King County Metro service that could have cut up to 600,000 service hours of bus routes, heavily-affecting the 5, 26 and 28, will not happen.

The Metropolitan King County Council will approve $20 car-tab fees to spare Metro bus service from deep cuts.

A vote won’t come until Monday, but suburban Republicans Jane Hague and Kathy Lambert — who had been against bypassing voters — said they would supply the decisive votes in exchange for a package of reforms and efficiencies in Metro.

Those changes include: phasing out Metro’s subsidy for the free-ride zone in downtown Seattle, running smaller buses on less popular routes, and providing $24 in bus tickets to people who pay the fees; people who don’t want those tickets can donate the value to a pool of human-service agencies.

Proposed cuts would have seen drastic cuts to Fremont-area bus routes. Thankfully, they will remains as-is for the foreseeable future.

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Hundreds Voice Their Concerns About Metro Bus Cuts

July 13th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Depending on who you ask, 400-700 people showed up for last night’s Metropolitan King County Council committee meeting to discuss the proposed cuts in King County Metro bus service.

The main issue of the discussion was the $20 car-tab fee for each of the next two years that is being considered. Without it, Metro says it would need to cut service 17 percent by eliminating some routes and reducing trips.

State lawmakers gave county officials the authority this year to charge an extra $20 for car tabs — which would provide $50 million over two years — to help Metro. When combined with reserve funds, it’s enough to largely maintain existing service, Metro says.

The next step for King County’s nine-member council is to either put it to a vote in the next election or a “supermajority” of six members could enact the new fee without going to the voters.

Unfortunately, only four County Council members attended the transportation committee hearing (Bob Ferguson, Larry Gossett, Joe McDermott and Larry Phillips) while five did not. The four who did attend were have already come out in favor of the fee.

There will be one more public hearing on July 21 in Burien at the City Council Chambers, followed by a vote from the King County Councilmembers, scheduled for July 25.

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Reminder: Metro Transit Meeting Tonight On Proposed Bus Service Reductions

July 12th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

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.

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Proposed Metro Service Cuts Include Routes 5, 26 & 28

July 7th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

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.

Click here for a complete list of all routes and whether the proposal calls for them to be eliminated, reduced or remain unchanged. Click here for a map of all affected routes in Northwest Seattle.

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Metro Transit Changes For Fremont-Area Bus Riders Begin Feb. 5

January 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Starting Saturday, Feb. 5, Metro will make routing and bus stop changes for approximately two dozen bus routes serving downtown Seattle due to the long-term construction in downtown Seattle and SODO. Some of these changes will affect bus routes in the Fremont area.

An easy way to figure out how these changes might affect you is by using Metro’s Trip Planner. Enter a travel date of Feb. 5 or later to find the updated service.

Here are the highlights of the February changes for bus riders in the Fremont area:

  • Northbound trips on Route 16 will leave downtown Seattle from new bus stops near the Colman Ferry Dock on Alaskan Way.
  • There is a trip deletion and schedule changes for the Route 45.
  • There are schedule changes for Route 46.
  • New Route 309 will connect Kenmore with First Hill via Lake City and South Lake Union with commute-time express service.
  • In downtown Seattle, there are other bus routes shifting from First Avenue to Third Avenue; from Third Avenue to Second/Fourth avenues; and new bus stop locations on Third Avenue for several routes. This affects local routes traveling into downtown, including the routes 15, 18, and 81.
  • Route 99 will loop to travel north on First Avenue and south on Alaskan Way, and buses will no longer be “wrapped” to look like the old waterfront streetcars.

You can find out more information about the construction and bus route changes here. For information about all the services Metro provides, visit Metro Online or call Metro Customer Information at (206) 553-3000.

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Walk Bike Ride Challenge Begins July 4

July 1st, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Just in time to enjoy the nice(r) weather, the city of Seattle – or at least its Department of Transportation – is asking its residents to cut two car trips a week in July by taking the Walk Bike Ride Challenge, which runs from July 4 to July 31.

Maybe for someone like me, who drives my car nearly everywhere, this might be a good incentive to follow the example of our bike riding mayor and take out my two wheels, or use public transportation more, or walk, whether it’s for work or play.

Seattleites can register any time to start cutting car trips as early as Independence Day. Each time someone reports a week they are entered into a drawing to win one of two $250 REI gift certificates, a one night stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, or a $175 Zipcar package.

Businesses can go to the same Web site and pledge to support their employees in taking the challenge.

Walk Bike Ride is a multi-year initiative. As part of the initiative, the city will update the Transit Master Plan, implement projects like the Dexter Avenue N buffered bicycle lanes project, keep freight moving, engage the public, focus on future funding, protect and expand transit, integrate Walk Bike Ride principles into neighborhood planning, and promote sustainable transit-oriented communities with thriving business districts.

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Ice and snow reroutes for Fremont buses

December 18th, 2008 by Beth

Due to the weather, some of the bus routes in Fremont are operating on snow routes or have been cancelled altogether. The 5, 26, 28, 30, 31, 46 and 82 all run through downtown Fremont. Only the 26 is operating on its normal route. The 31 and 46 have been suspended entirely.

The rest of the routes seem to be running through downtown Fremont just fine- they have been rerouted elsewhere along their paths.

The 5 is currently operating on a snow reroute, going to Shoreline only, not Northgate. The 28 is only going to N. 85th St. The 30 seems to be running its normal route from the U-District to Fremont, but has been rerouted to avoid the hill on 40th going from Fremont to the U-District- it is instead operating along 45th heading east. No word yet on the 82- it’s a late-night route.

If you know of any unannounced reroutes (the 30, for instance has not been announced on the Metro site, but was shared with me by a driver this evening), or have any information to add, please leave a comment. For updated service information, please check the Metro website.

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