[nfbwatlk] {Disarmed} FW: Act Now to Save Rapid Ride!

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	March 2011	  	  	

 Transportation Action!

Act Now to Save Rapid Ride!

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The future of King County Metro's
6zZtnfKqx6AWd> Rapid Ride is at risk due to
JtnfKqx6AWd> proposed funding cuts in Congress.  You have a narrow window of
opportunity to contact your U.S. Senators and Congressmen and
OTwOrnOKd3U> tell them to save the proposed cuts to Rapid Ride!

What is Rapid Ride ? 

Rapid Ride was approved by voters during the 2007 Transit Now campaign.  It
is a comprehensive plan to bring faster, easier to use, and more efficient
bus service across King County.  The
pxYiZtnfKqx6AWd> Rapid
ZtnfKqx6AWd> Ride A Line
JtnfKqx6AWd> , between Federal Way and Tukwila on Highway 99, began in
October 2010.  Since then ridership in the corridor has increased by more
than 25% and 84% of riders in a recent survey said they were satisfied or
extremely satisfied by the new service.  I had a chance to ride the new
service and it as noticeably more convenient and faster than traditional
local bus service.

If the federal government maintains their commitment to Rapid Ride the B
line (Bellevue to Redmond) will open this year, the C and D lines (West
Seattle, Downtown, Ballard) will open in 2012, and the E and F lines (Aurora
North and Renton/Tukwilla) will open in 2013.  For more information on King
County Metro's comprehensive Rapid Ride plan to bring you better bus
service, stretching from Shoreline to Federal Way, visit
ZRJtnfKqx6AWd>  Metro's website.

Why Does the Federal Budget Matter? 

A large portion of the capitol improvements needed to implement Rapid Ride,
such as bus only lanes and bus stops with off board payment, are dependent
on federal new starts funding.  The House Republican budget slashes new
starts funding to the point where Rapid Ride will not be able to be
implemented on time.

What Can I Do?

h%2B5tnfKqx6AWd> Click here
5tnfKqx6AWd>  to take action today to save rapid ride service.  Give us a
minute of your time and
oTZtnfKqx6AWd> contact your federal Senate and House delegation and tell
them to save new starts funding and Rapid Ride service.

Thanks for all you do!

Andrew Austin
Field Director
Transportation Choices Coalition

P.S.-Don't forget to
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P.P.S.-Great City is doing an exciting event about Seattle's Transit
Communities plan this Thursday at noon at Seattle City Hall.  Visit
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