Transportation Committee approves Democratic transit compromise | King County

The King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee unanimously approved a compromise proposal on Tuesday that authorizes more than half of the needed bus service cuts. The legislation was introduced in Monday's full Council meeting but was rejected.

“I want to thank the Executive and Chair Phillips for working on a proposal that I could at least hold my nose and vote for,” said Councilmember Dave Upthegrove in a press release. “It took a little longer than everyone hoped, but I am pleased that the current ‘Majority Coalition’ decided to vote for the same proposal today that they rejected yesterday. I’m not sure what caused them to change their minds, but I am grateful that the Executive and Council Chair brought this proposal to us yesterday and that it is finally moving forward.”

The new proposal permits Metro to move forward with cutting 350,000 hours of bus service and creates an ad-hoc committee of Councilmembers and the Executive to further evaluate how service cuts will be implemented in 2015.

The proposal now moves to the full Council for consideration on Monday, July 21.

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