Councilman enlisted to envision future of mass transit

February 27, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 27, 2010

King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed Issaquah City Councilman Fred Butler to the new Regional Transit Task Force meant to advise county leaders on the future of Metro Transit services.

The executive announced the appointment and 27 others Monday. The panel includes elected officials and representatives from business, labor, education and human service agencies, as well as Metro riders.

Constantine also appointed AtWork! Chief Development Officer Jane Kuechle to the group. The nonprofit organization operates a recycling facility in Issaquah. AtWork! helps people with disabilities learn marketable skills and find and maintain jobs.

“I’ve asked this cross-section of regional leaders and transit users to engage in a discussion about how we can best deliver transit service for all parts of the county within the resources we have,” Constantine said in a statement. “I deliberately sought a group of people who are willing to put aside political divisions and think creatively about how to plan a transit system that will serve us well in the future.”

Members from across King County will develop policy options for discussion by July and adopt recommendations by September.

Butler, a longtime councilman, acts as the resident expert on transportation issues. He also serves on the Sound Transit board of directors. Constantine reappointed Butler to the Sound Transit post late last year.

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