[nfbwatlk] FW: TODAY: Last Shot to Support Transit Funding
lauren1 at catliness.com
Sat Mar 6 02:07:18 CST 2010
I heard on the news that Sundays and holidays are gone for buses and other
transportation. What a bummer! Having Sundays and hollidays available for
travel is one of the reasons I stayed out here. I am really disappointed!!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jacob Struiksma" <lawnmower84 at hotmail.com>
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Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 12:24 AM
Subject: [nfbwatlk] FW: TODAY: Last Shot to Support Transit Funding
> Transportation Action
> DON'T LET TRANSIT CUTS HAPPEN. URGE YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO SUPPORT
> AMENDMENTS TO SB 6774 NOW.
> Right now the Legislature is considering amendments to
> b1rWQPqewnX> SB 6774 that would provide Community Transit, Pierce Transit
> and King County Metro with a temporary funding source to stave off
> cuts in service due to budget shortfalls. This is our last chance to Save
> Bus Service...please call the Legislative Hotline (1-800-562-6000) or
> lPGEfBnvAkVgk> here to urge your legislator to support amendments to SB
> and move it to the floor for a vote.
> Representatives Marko Liias (D-21), Geoff Simpson (D-47) and Steve Kirby
> (D-29) have introduced Amendment
> 3er1rWQPqewnX> 1347, which gives temporary authority to Pierce Transit and
> Community Transit to form a transportation benefit district to collect a
> vehicle license fee to offset impending service cuts. This authority
> on June 30, 2015.
> Likewise, Representatives Scott White (D-46) and Sharon Nelson (D-34) have
> introduced Amendment
> sdr1rWQPqewnX> 1400, which gives the same temporary authority for King
> County Metro.
> State contributions to transit account for less than 1 percent of overall
> transportation spending. Most money for transit service comes from local
> sources -- sales tax revenues that have dropped precipitously. It's going
> get worse for transit riders in Washington State if you don't act now.
> Bus Service and urge your legislators to act now and support amendments to
> SB 6774.
> Here's how transit cuts could affect you:
> * King County Metro: In anticipation of a $213 million budget gap for
> 2010 and 2011, Metro has used reserves and raised fares, cancelled all
> capital projects for the next 4 years, and streamlined scheduling and
> routing to prevent service cuts; They are facing additional budget gaps in
> 2012 and 2013 so if no new revenue is found, they will have no choice but
> cut service.
> * Community Transit: Snohomish County anticipates a $180 million loss
> of sales tax revenue through 2013. The agency is now forced to cut service
> total of 15%, which will include the elimination of all Sunday service as
> well as other changes in service across the county.
> * Pierce Transit: Eliminated $5.7 million in expenditures in 2008 and
> $14.5 million in 2009 to fill a $17.5 million hole. If no new revenue is
> raised by 2012, they will be forced to cut service by up to 57%.
> L1rWQPqewnX> URGE YOUR REPRESENTATIVES to bring up for a vote and support
> Amendments 1347 and 1400 to SB 6774. Act NOW and Help Save Bus Service.
> Jennifer Olegario
> Development and Outreach Associate
> Transportation Choices Coalition
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