On April 22nd, 2014, King County voters will decide the fate of Proposition 1. If the proposition passes, King County Metro will have a stable revenue source for years to come. If it fails, Metro will be forced to eliminate 17% of all transit service in the county. (See the end of this article for more information on the proposition.)
Cuts of this magnitude would be devastating. They would affect 80% of Metro’s ridership. They would add 20,000 cars to our congested streets. They would take away basic mobility from seniors, students, people with disabilities, and working families. We must ensure that Proposition 1 passes, and we need your help to make sure that it does.
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Beers for Buses—Bellevue
Monday, March 24, 2014
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Bellevue Brewing Company
1820 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005
Beers for Buses—Seattle
Wednesday March 26, 2014
800 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Subway Fundraiser for Move King County Now
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Hattie’s Hat Restaurant
5231 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Special guest: Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Beers for Buses—Redmond
Monday, April 7, 2014
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Redmond’s Bar & Grill
7979 Leary Way NE, Redmond WA, 98052
About Proposition 1
King County Proposition 1 would authorize two new revenue streams to fund Metro, local roads, and other transportation improvements. The measure would raise the annual vehicle fee by $40 (compared to today) and would raise the sales tax by 0.1%. Low income households would receive a $20 vehicle fee rebate.
Of the new revenue, 60% would be used for transit and 40% dedicated for roadway safety, preservation, and maintenance.
In addition, the measure would create a $1.25 low income bus fare.
You can read the full text of the proposition here.