Monday morning, the City Council heard from Seattle’s newly hired lobbyist about the prospects for change in Washington as a new legislative session begins. ”All indications out of Olympia are a tamping down of expectations,” Scott Plusquellec told the Council in a morning briefing. With zero hope for a transportation funding package solution, King County is already working on its “Plan B” to stave off yet another round of Metro cuts.
Thursday on Capitol Hill, a “community forum on public transportation” will try to help us figure out how to get beyond, over and above the Olympia transit snarl:
Community Forum on Public Transportation
Seattle Central Community College in partnership with the Transit Riders Union, the Student Government of Seattle University, and King County Metro presents:
The Community Forum on Public Transportation
Located in Seattle Central’s historic Broadway Performance
Afternoon session: 12pm-2pm
Evening session: 4pm-6pm
On January 16th, join students, faculty, staff, county officials and community members for an informative discussion on the past, present and future state of public transportation in the Seattle metro area.
In order to ensure as many people from the community as possible have the opportunity to get this information we will be holding two sessions.
Each session will open with a short presentation on the history of cuts to King County Metro, current funding sources, and climate in the legislature. Directly following the presentation, our featured panel will address critical questions regarding the situation.
Moderated by Dominic Holden each panel session will feature.
King County Metro
Alex Brennan of Capitol Hill Housing
Ty Pethe, AFSCME Local 304 Union President
Taleah Mitchel of the Associated Student Council
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Transit Riders Union
The forum will conclude with a discussion of potential options to resolve this issue.