County voters to decide on tax, fee hikes for roads, buses

March 5, 2014

King County voters will decide in April on a $60 car-tab fee and a tenth-of-a-cent sales-tax increase for roads and buses.

On Feb. 24, the Metropolitan King County Council also passed a 25-cent fare increase for bus riders starting in 2015. Peak one-zone fares are $2.50 now, and peak-two-zone fares are $3.

The increases make up a funding package county officials pulled together to save King County Metro Transit from threatened service cuts of as much as 17 percent. County leaders hoped the state Legislature would act to save the bus system, but it didn’t.

The ballot measure would raise $130 million per year, $50 million of which would go to cities around the county to fix their streets. The rest would go toward restoring Metro service and fixing county-maintained roads.

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Snow alters Metro Transit, Sound Transit routes for Wednesday

January 17, 2012

NEW — 7:15 p.m. Jan. 17, 2012

The snow-laden forecast prompted King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit to roll out altered schedules and routes Wednesday due to winter weather.

Sound Transit is remaining on snow alert throughout the workweek. Service could be affected due to weather and road conditions, so riders should be prepared for service delays or disruptions. Some buses have also been equipped with chains and must travel at slower speeds.

Metro Transit is keeping buses on snow routing until future notice. The agency is also planning on canceling up to 30 bus routes Wednesday morning due to the snowstorm’s predicted severity.

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Metro Transit will use snow routes Tuesday

January 16, 2012

NEW — 4:55 p.m. Jan. 16, 2011

King County Metro Transit will remain on snow routing countywide overnight and Jan. 17. In a statement released today, Metro Transit said there could be some bus trips or routes cancelled on Tuesday with more snowfall in the forecast. Conditions could also change throughout the day on Tuesday depending on the timing and location of the snowfall.

Before traveling, riders should check snow page before leaving. Updates to the online information begin as early as 4 a.m. and continue as needed until travel conditions improve. Sign up for Transit Alerts so you can be alerted when bus service status changes.

Metro Transit warns that even though weather and road conditions in the morning may not be bad in one area, delays and service disruptions can occur in other parts of the county that affects bus service. Buses will also be chained, which means they have to travel at slower speeds.

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King County to take testimony regarding bus route eliminations

December 1, 2011

The King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will hold a special committee meeting to take public testimony on the possible elimination of lower-productivity King County Metro Transit, including routes 925 and 219 that serve Newcastle.

The meeting will include an initial presentation on the proposed ordinance implementing Metro Transit’s recommended service changes that would go into effect in June.

The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the King County Council Chamber on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse.

Residents may also email comments to Janice Mansfield to janice.mansfield@kingcounty.gov or written comments can be mailed to Janice Mansfield, King County Council Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee, 516 Third Avenue, Room 1200, Seattle, WA 98104.

The Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee is expected to act on the recommended June 2012 bus service changes in early January, with action by the full council expected in mid-January.

The committee will take comments through Jan. 6.

King County to take testimony on possible bus route eliminations

November 29, 2011

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 29, 2011

The King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will hold a special committee meeting to take public testimony on the possible elimination of lower-productivity King County Metro Transit, including routes 925 and 219 that serve Newcastle.

The meeting will include an initial presentation on the proposed ordinance implementing Metro Transit’s recommended service changes that would go into effect in June.

The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the King County Council Chamber on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse.

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King County prepares for winter weather

November 15, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 15, 2011

With La Niña in the long-term forecast and a steady decline in temperatures, the King County Road Services Division is urging motorists to prepare for driving in wintry conditions.

The agency faces a challenge in the months ahead due to budget cuts.

Because wintry conditions can start earlier at higher elevations, county road crews topped off salt and sand stockpiles to be ready. The latest forecast indicates ice and snow could start any day.

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Proposed Eastside transit changes include Newcastle bus routes

May 6, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed changes to King County Metro Transit bus routes as part of a plan to offer more and faster transit service on the Eastside.

The proposal includes changes to Route 240, which runs from the Renton Transit Center to Clyde Hill, serving Newcastle.

Under the proposal, Route 240 would be shortened, ending at the Bellevue Transit Center — at the corner of 108th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Sixth Street — instead of Clyde Hill, reducing wait times, according to Metro Transit’s website. It would also stop along 112th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue instead of 108th Avenue Northeast, better serving offices, homes, hotels and the King County courthouse in the area, according to the site.

The revised Route 246 would serve Clyde Hill.

Constantine presented the proposal to the King County Council at a public hearing April 12.

In the proposal announced April 8, Constantine called for additional Eastside transit service through the launch of RapidRide buses between Bellevue and Redmond.

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Crews shift focus to freezing conditions on roads

February 24, 2011

NEW — 12:50 p.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Temperatures should plummet into the teens Thursday night, raising the threat of freezing conditions on roads in Newcastle and surrounding areas.

In the city, crews are working in 12-hour shifts to keep roads clear, said Steve Roberge, interim public works director. Crews have focused on the city’s priority routes, clearing side streets as conditions allow.

He said the priority routes are clear as of Thursday afternoon.

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Newcastle bus routes to change Saturday

February 4, 2011

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Feb. 4, 2011

Some King County Metro Transit bus routes in Newcastle change Feb. 5.

Riders throughout the Metro Transit service area should check winter schedules for the routes they use most often to see what has changed. Riders can prepare by picking up a blue timetable and the Special Rider Alert brochure. The information is also posted at Metro Online.

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City Hall closed due to snow, but special council meeting still on

November 23, 2010

NEW — 11:20 a.m. Nov. 23, 2010

City Hall is closed today due to snow, but the City Council will still hold its special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to make amendments to the 2011 budget and possibly adjust the property tax levy rate. The meeting will be in the Council Chambers, 13020 Newcastle Way.

City Manager Rob Wyman said city maintenance workers continuously roamed Newcastle’s streets overnight, using the city’s three trucks armed with snowplows. One trucks broke down during the night, and it is now being repaired.

Roads are being cleared in accordance with the city’s priority map, which you can see here. Wyman said priority one and many two routes are in fair condition, but priority three and four routes have not have mostly not been plowed and are still very slick.

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