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King County Metro faces route cuts that would affect Green River

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King County Metro bus service is facing route cuts starting mid-2014 that would affect Green River's main and Enumclaw campuses unless operational funding is approved this session by the state legislature or by King County voters in a proposed transportation package. The ballot measure could head to an election in April or May.

Metro bus routes 164 and 181 that serve the main campus would end service at 9 p.m., an hour earlier than its present schedule. Bus routes 186, 907 and 915, which serve the Enumclaw campus, would operate fewer trips during the day under Metro's proposed changes. A full list of route changes may be found on Metro's website.

Before the state legislature is a transportation package that would raise an estimated $140 to $150 million through the motor vehicle excise tax. The statewide proposal is currently stalled in negotiations.

To address the funding issue and prevent proposed cuts to Metro, County Executive Dow Constantine earlier this month proposed to the King County Council the creation of a King County Transportation District. His ordinance would also ask voters to approve a $60 vehicle fee and a one-tenth of a cent sales tax increase that would expire after 10 years. The plan would raise an estimated $130 million.

In addition to Constantine's proposal, Metro would raise all fares 25-cents starting March 1, 2015 while reducing fares to $1.50 per trip for qualifying low-income riders using an ORCA card. The fare increase has been part of Metro's long-range financial plans since 2008 and would raise an estimated $6.6 million a year.

To voice your opinion about Metro's proposed transit changes, complete the agency's online survey, sign up for the Metro Matters email list or contact Metro at HaveASay@kingcounty.gov or call 206-263-9770.