King County councilwomen host Eastside transit forum Tuesday
January 10, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 10, 2011
The future of mass transit on the Eastside is the topic at a Tuesday forum hosted by King County councilwomen Kathy Lambert and Jane Hague.
The focus of the meeting is a recent report from Regional Transit Task Force and potential impacts to the Eastside. The report represents a possible roadmap for future King County Metro Transit bus service.
The forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St.
The task force recommended for Metro Transit to tie bus service to productivity, connections to job markets and demand for transit — instead of adding or reducing service based on geographic formulas.
The report also urged county leaders to update the way Metro Transit is funded.
The agency relies on sales tax revenues — a source hit hard by the economic downturn. If additional stable revenue sources cannot be found, the county estimates Metro Transit could face a yearly operating deficit of $117 million by 2015.
Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler, a longtime expert on regional transit issues, served as a member of the 28-member task force.
Lambert is the Issaquah representative on the King County Council. Hague represents Bellevue, Kirkland and Mercer Island.