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Want to get involved in TRU’s campaign to pass Proposition 1 and expand Seattle’s bus service?  Email contact@transitriders.org.

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Phonebanking and Doorbelling Opportunities

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The new Transit Reader is out!

The latest issue of the Transit Reader, TRU’s official newsletter, is out! Can you distribute copies on your buses or leave some at your neighborhood coffee shops or library branch? Come out to the march on 10/21 or another event to pick up a stack, or email contact@transitriders.org & we’ll figure out how to get some to you.

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March & Rally for Transit and an Affordable Seattle!

On Tuesday, October 21, join TRU for a Prop 1 Get-Out-The-Vote March in downtown Seattle. Meet at 4:00 PM at Westlake Park. We’ll march in a loop around the 3rd Ave corridor and be back at Westlake Park by 5:15 in time for a rally:

RALLY for an Affordable Seattle
Speakers and music start at 5:30 PM
Free Community Meal at 7:00 PM
Overnight sleep-out, mats and blankets provided
Breakfast at 7:00 PM, followed by a march to the Governing Board meeting of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County. Continue reading

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A Sound Transit Low Income Fare? Take Action!

Sound Transit is considering following Metro’s lead in offering a reduced fare for low income riders.  They are considering several options.  Please submit public comment through October 23 and attend their Open House on October 16 and Public Hearing on October 29.  

The Transit Riders Union is pleased that Sound Transit is considering a lower fare for its low income riders. This will make public transit more accessible to thousands of riders. However, we do not believe that this program should be paid for by raising fares for other riders. Continue reading

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A YES vote on Prop 1 will allow Seattle to expand service

On September 29, the King County Council voted to cancel the upcoming bus cuts. They’re banking on optimistic sales tax projections, and taking a gamble by digging further into Metro’s reserve fund. If another recession hits in the next few years we’re in big trouble. But in the meantime, if Prop 1 passes in November, Seattle will be able to not only preserve but expand and improve our bus system. Continue reading

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Transit News

The Seattle Times came out with an unbelievably misleading editorial about Metro.  Here’s David Goldstein’s take on it.  The Seattle Times editorial board apparently wants to see our public transit system dismantled, and is willing to more or less lie to make it happen.

Sound Transit is considering following Metro’s lead in implementing a Low Income Reduced Fare.  This is great news, and a testament to the power of the Transit Riders Union and all the organizations that campaigned for a low income fare.  However – they’re considering a general fare increase of $0.25 to cover the costs.  Is this necessary?  No – actually, with voter approval, Sound Transit could assess an Employer Tax of $2 per employee.

Sound Transit’s public comment period is open now until October 23.  Please let them know what you think!

The Transit Riders Union will be discussing these and other issues at our Membership Meeting on October 6, 6:30 – 8:30 at the Labor Temple Hall 6.  Join us!

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Vote YES on Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1

On July 17 the Seattle City Council, acting as the Seattle Transportation Benefit District Governing Board, voted unanimously to place a measure on the November ballot that would preserve most bus service in the city of Seattle and on some intercity routes by means of a 0.1% sales tax increase and a $60 vehicle license fee.

The Transit Riders Union urges a YES vote on Seattle’s ballot measure to save transit. Thousands of Seattle and King County residents depend on Metro buses every day, and we cannot afford to lose our service.

At the same time, this is not a solution. The proposed measure pushes the burden of funding public transit further onto working and poor people, leaves transit riders in the lurch throughout the rest of King County, and contributes to the fragmentation of what should be a unified regional mass transit system. Continue reading

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