Take our Fare Enforcement / Transit Police Watchdog Survey

Have you had bad experiences with fare enforcement or transit police?  We want to hear about them.  Good experiences?  We want to hear about them too.  TAKE THE SURVEY HERE

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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 free movie this Saturday or another event to pick up your stack, or email contact@transitriders.org and we’ll figure out how to get you some. 

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Fruitvale Station: Free Film Night Coming Up!

Fruitvale_Station_posterFruitvale Station Film Night
Saturday, January 31
4:00 – 7:00 PM (movie will start at 4:30)
Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S. (Metro Bus Route 7)

Light refreshments provided, please bring something to share if you can.

Don’t miss TRU’s screening of the award-winning film Fruitvale Station! Come watch, discuss, and kick off TRU’s Fare Enforcement watchdog campaign. If you can, bring a potluck dish or snacks to share. Light refreshments will be provided. Contact Randy (randy@transitriders.org) if you have questions or want to get involved.

Fruitvale Station is a 2013 American drama film written and directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Forrest Whitaker. It is based on the events leading to the death of Oscar Grant, a young black man who was unarmed and killed by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland, California.

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March with TRU on MLK Jr. Day

March with TRU at the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Rally and March on Monday, January 19! We’ll have a table set up starting at 9:00 AM, so come by to say hi and attend a workshop.  The rally starts at 10:00, speakers at 11:00, and the march at 12:00.  Look for TRU’s big yellow banner!  We’ll have a new issue of our newsletter the Transit Reader, so make sure to find us and pick up a copy or a bunch.

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For more information about the rally and march, visit www.mlkseattle.org.

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Ask a Bus Driver

The following is from TRU’s awesome newsletter, the Transit Reader.  Do you have a question only a bus driver can answer?  Send it to sam@transitriders.org, and maybe it’ll be featured in an upcoming issue!  Also, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like some paper copies of the Transit Reader to hand out to fellow riders on your bus. Email contact@transitriders.org or call 206-651-4282.

By Sam Smith

Hello Metro riders! My name is Sam Smith, and I’ve been a Metro driver since early 2013. I hear all sorts of questions from passengers, friends, and fellow TRU members on a range of topics related to my job. This column is going to be dedicated to answering some of those questions. Anything you want to know – Why do the poles come off the wires so often? Where do you use the bathroom? Where do you pick up the bus? – just ask! Send questions to sam@transitriders.org.

Because this is my first column and I don’t have any questions, I’m going to answer a question that I have heard many variations on:  Why did the driver not stop for me?

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County Council Increases Funding for Reduced Fare Tickets

Success! On Monday, November 10, the King County Council responded to pressure from TRU and a score of human service organizations whose members or clients rely on the underfunded Reduced Fare Bus Ticket program for their basic transportation needs.

The council unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Councilmembers Dave Upthegrove and Larry Gossett, increasing funding for this program by around 33% in 2015 and subsequent years. You can read Ordinance 2014-0445 here. Some of this new funding will merely compensate for the planned March 2015 fare increase, but most of it will translate to a real gain in the number of tickets available.

Thanks to everyone who joined in this effort!  Our united voices got the job done.

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We Won! Now, it’s time to push for progressive transit funding

Seattle Transportation Proposition 1 is passing by a wide margin, with nearly 60% in favor! For the first time in years, Seattle will be able to add significant bus service.  This is a victory, but our work is far from done. After years of increasing ridership and service cuts, not to mention increasing fares, Prop 1 is necessary but not enough. Seattle voters have shown our willingness to swallow more regressive taxes to fund our basic infrastructure. Now it’s time for businesses to contribute to the transit system that gets their workers to work and allows the wheels of commerce to turn.

Please use the form below to email City Councilmembers urging them to pass the progressive transit funding measures proposed earlier this year by Councilmembers Sawant and Licata: an Employee Hours Tax on business and a commercial parking fee increase. This revenue can be used to expand Night Owl Service and make much-needed capital improvements to our transit system.  Feel free to edit and personalize the following letter as you wish:

Petition for Progressive Transit Funding

Dear Councilmembers:

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