[nfbwatlk] FW: TODAY: Last Shot to Support Transit Funding
dwermuth1 at earthlink.net
Sat Mar 6 11:46:31 UTC 2010
I think you all have to fight as hard as you can on the transportation
issues up there before they take a little at a time from you. Here in
Florida where I am living now there is basically little transportation.
Here in the city where I live we get no weekends, Holidays and only have
from 7:30 to 2:30 pm on weekdays. It is very difficult for most to sign up
and they want to cancel services all together. Try to keep what you have or
you could end up like other parts of the country that have little to
Email / David at atozadaptiveaidz.com
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Lauren Merryfield" <lauren1 at catliness.com>
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> 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
> ----- 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
>> 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)
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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 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%.
>> 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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