[nfbwatlk] FW: TODAY: Last Shot to Support Transit Funding

Lauren Merryfield lauren1 at catliness.com
Sun Mar 7 15:45:46 CST 2010


Hi,
Yes, Snohomish County is what has been affected.  That's where I live so it 
directly influences me and others I know.
Thanks
Lauren
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From: "Alco Canfield" <amcanfield at comcast.net>
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> While aw;, my understanding was that these cuts were for Snohomish County. 
> I do not think they are universal.
>
> Alco
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Freeman <k7uij at panix.com>
> Sent: Sunday, March 07, 2010 11:22 AM
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> Saturday mail may be next!
>
> Mike
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Lauren Merryfield" <lauren1 at catliness.com>
> To: "NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List" <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2010 12:07 AM
> Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] FW: TODAY: Last Shot to Support Transit Funding
>
>
>> Hi,
>> 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!!!
>> Thanks
>> Lauren
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Jacob Struiksma" <lawnmower84 at hotmail.com>
>> To: "'NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List'" <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 12:24 AM
>> Subject: [nfbwatlk] FW: TODAY: Last Shot to Support Transit Funding
>>
>>
>>>
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>>> L1rWQPqewnX>
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>>>
>>>
>>> Transportation Action
>>> <http://media.whatcounts.com/onenw_transportationchoices/headline.gif>
>>>
>>>
>>> DON'T LET TRANSIT CUTS HAPPEN. URGE YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO SUPPORT
>>> AMENDMENTS TO SB 6774 NOW.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Right now the Legislature is considering amendments to
>>> <http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=EccuxbeW4nMjr45Uzn9s3
>>> b1rWQPqewnX> SB 6774 that would provide Community Transit, Pierce 
>>> Transit
>>> and King County Metro with a temporary funding source to stave off
>>> immediate
>>> 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
>>> click
>>> <http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=70en3LQuFqzcvyEou%2Fg
>>> lPGEfBnvAkVgk> here to urge your legislator to support amendments to SB
>>> 6774
>>> 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
>>> <http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=GHL2RpRSzx%2F801I481F
>>> 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
>>> expires
>>> on June 30, 2015.
>>>
>>> Likewise, Representatives Scott White (D-46) and Sharon Nelson (D-34)
>>> have
>>> introduced Amendment
>>> <http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=wfBMLQLRJjQiTG%2Bvgnv
>>> 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
>>> to
>>> get worse for transit riders in Washington State if you don't act now.
>>> Save
>>> 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
>>> to
>>> 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 a
>>> 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%.
>>>
>>>
>>> <http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=eTV2mqLeWNQlYrY2xwzb8
>>> 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
>>> 811 1st Avenue, Suite 626
>>> Seattle, WA98104
>>> Phone: 206.329.2336
>>> Fax: 206.329.2705
>>>
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