Eastside transit forum canceled due to weather
January 11, 2011
NEW — 12:05 p.m. Jan. 11, 2011
The transit forum scheduled for Tuesday night has been canceled due to the possibility of inclement weather, King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert announced Tuesday morning.
Lambert and Councilwoman Jane Hague had been scheduled to host a forum on Mercer Island to discuss Eastside mass transit issues.
Lambert said she plans to reschedule a forum to discuss a regional task force’s recommendations for future mass transit.
The task force recommended for King County 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.