[nfbwatlk] FW: Don't Get Stranded by Transit Cuts

Jacob Struiksma lawnmower84 at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 22 21:04:54 UTC 2010

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 Transportation Action


Despite strong public support for more transit funding -- legislators
received more than 500 emails in one day from you in support of HB 2855 --
it was not put to a vote by House leadership. However, this is NOT the end
of the fight.

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. Please help Save Bus

Strong public support for local transit funding is loud and clear: A
whopping 76 percent of Walla Walla voters staved off service cuts and helped
keep Valley Transit running by approving a 0.3% tax increase. Don't get
stranded. We need your help to keep this issue in front of our Governor and

aDe5N9tjBc4> CLICK HERE to let the Governor and legislators know how
important transit is for you.

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; 2012 and 2013 already face an additional budget gap 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.

Whatcom Transit: Forced to cut another $4 million over the next year in
order to remain above water, despite nearly $2 million in cuts. They have
also deferred replacing buses that are more than 15 years old.  

Kitsap Transit: Has already eliminated Sunday service and raised its fares
to keep existing routes operating. 

Pierce Transit: Eliminated $5.7 million in expenditures in 2008 and $14.5
million in 2009 to fill a $17.5 million hole. They were also forced to cut
service by ALMOST HALF. If no new revenue is raised, they will be forced to
cut service by 57%.

Share your story and
take the time to customize this letter and let Governor Gregoire and
legislators know why you are worried about transit cuts. Action is just a
simple click away! Don't get stranded.

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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