King County Council to listen to public testimony on Metro cuts

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Metro and county leaders have been working for more than five years to reduce costs and achieve stable funding to preserve transit service. However, given our current finances, we have no choice but to reduce service levels to balance our budget. County Executive Dow Constantine recently sent the County Council a proposal to delete 72 bus routes and reduce or revise another 84 routes. (Learn more)

These recommended service reductions are now being reviewed by the Council, whose Transportation, Economy and Environment (TrEE) Committee will host three public hearings beginning next week:

Tuesday, May 13 @ 5:30pm – Union Station (Ruth Fisher Boardroom) 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle
Thursday, May 15 @ 5:30pm – Bellevue City Hall (City Council Chambers) 450 110th Ave. NE., Bellevue
Tuesday, May 20 @ 5:30pm – Renton Pavilion Event Center 233 Burnett Ave. S., Renton
The Council will also accept testimony online.

Thanks to those who took part in our outreach

After months of public outreach about our proposed service cuts, our official public comment period ended Feb. 7. We documented what we heard in our Public Engagement Report, which was transmitted to the County Council. (Read the complete report or the executive summary).

Public participation helped us make small changes to our original proposal that will minimize impacts on some riders. Learn more on our website FAQ page.

The Council plans to make a decision about the proposed service reductions by June 9. Visit their website to learn more about their outreach and decision-making process.

We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed.