Metro Transit

Think tank to Seattle: Forget redeveloping Rainier Beach. Try a little TLC.

When Mayor Murray announced two weeks ago that a delegation from the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) would visit and advise on what to do…

Bertha ready for repairs. But what about a viaduct closure?

The builders of the waterfront tunnel said Monday that they will move ahead this spring with repairs to the stalled Bertha tunneling machine. A little earlier in the…

Ed Murray’s transportation plan: Is everybody happy?

Using the backdrop of a noisy Market Street in Ballard, Mayor Ed Murray launched Seattle's new transportation vision, Move Seattle. The Seattle Department of Transportation program…

Commentary: Smart choices on transportation money?

There has been much ink devoted to the challenges we face in the Puget Sound Region due to rapid population growth. Seattle itself is considered the…

King County Metro’s bathroom reform: Constipated or incompetent?

On a drizzly weekend evening a few days before Christmas, a Metro driver stepped into the newly installed port-a-potty on South Myrtle Street. Muffled sounds…

2014’s #10 Most Read: The unspoken realities behind a King County Metro tax proposition

As we count down to the New Year, Crosscut will publish its 10 most read stories of 2014. We kick off this annual tradition with…

WSDOT may have to re-bury Bertha

Perhaps the biggest problem with the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program is that the problems are not clear. Amid issues of contractual obligations, a faulty…

Metro fined over bathroom breaks

Editor's Note: This story updated Monday, Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m. King County Metro disciplined its drivers for running late because of time they spent either…

What does Prop. 1’s approval mean for your bus route?

Mayor Ed Murray provided more details Wednesday about how the city might spend the $45 million in annual transit funding that Proposition 1 is expected…

Seattle voters trade higher taxes for better bus service

Seattle voters demonstrated their willingness to pay more taxes and fees for improved bus service on Tuesday night, as early ballot counts showed the city's…

Transportation Prop 1 will let Seattle add bus service for first time since ’07

Right now, Seattle voters have a tremendous opportunity to expand the bus service that so many of us rely on.  Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition…

City transportation vote: The way to be cautious is to say ‘no’

Seattle voters are deciding on the mayor and City Council’s proposed city-only response to Metro’s draconian cutbacks in service. Proponents ask for an increase in…

What you should know about Seattle’s bus measure

What is Proposition 1? Proposition 1, known colloquially as "Yes for Seattle Transit," would buy additional bus service from county-run Metro Transit by creating an…

What bus service upgrades will Prop. 1 fund? SDOT considers options.

With King County canceling its plans to cut bus service, Seattle officials have begun to identify dozens of bus routes that could be enhanced if…

Metro drivers reject labor contract offer

Rejecting a two-year wage freeze, King County transit workers turned down a proposed labor contract by a wide margin on Wednesday. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587…

Saving bus service? Metro drivers consider freezing their own pay

King County transit workers are voting on a labor contract Wednesday that would freeze two years of cost-of-living adjustments, while also providing newly guaranteed shift breaks…

Poetry in Motion: Tales of life and death aboard Metro buses

Metro driver Mark McLaughlin whistled to himself on that late November afternoon in 1998, musing about his upcoming nuptials as he steered his bus toward the…

New city transportation head: Can he match the city’s goals with its resources?

Mayor Ed Murray's pick to lead Seattle Department of Transportation would seem to be a good one. Scott Kubly brings a record of achievement in…

Seattle may need to pick up more costs on South Lake Union streetcar

As King County Metro Transit grapples with budget problems, the Metropolitan King County Council is considering capping the amount of money that Metro contributes annually…

A beauty contest of political blunders

In wrapping up Civic Cocktail for the summer (it'll be back in the fall), host Joni Balter asked the media panel to pick the biggest…

Muni League: Clearing the air so region can make progress on transportation

The Municipal League Foundation of King County recommended a Yes vote on Proposition 1, the recently defeated countywide transportation measure. We reached this decision after…

How the Metro Transit vote ran into a deep ditch

It’s become the hot topic in any discussion of transit funding: Whither the King County suburbs? Last month, initial results of King County’s Proposition 1…

Metro vote analysis: King County’s great city-suburban divide

Proposition 1 votes were hugely polarized between Seattle and King County’s suburban communities.  An abstract released by King County Elections breaks down votes tabulated by…

Metro Transit cuts ahead as vote goes heavily against tax measure

Update 9:47 p.m. A tax and fee package to preserve Metro Transit service is trailing badly in the first round of vote counts. "We will…

Transit measure is crucial to region’s economy

Passing Proposition 1, an emergency measure to fix local roads and prevent deep cuts to King County Metro, is critical to the economic well-being of…