Former Councilmember, Highline College VP Appointed To Transit Task Force

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Former Burien City Councilmember Sue Blazak, along with Highline College Vice President of Administration Larry Yok, were appointed Monday (Feb. 22nd) along with 26 others to a new Regional Transit Task Force that will advise on the future of King County Metro Transit services.

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the 28 regional and community leaders in a press release on the King County website:

“I’ve asked this cross-section of regional leaders and transit users to engage in a discussion about how we can best deliver transit service for all parts of the county within the resources we have,” said Executive Constantine. “I deliberately sought a group of people who are willing to put aside political divisions and think creatively about how to plan a transit system that will serve us well in the future.”

Constantine said the conversation will include development of a comprehensive vision for what the regional transit system should look like in the future as well as criteria for systematically growing or reducing the transit system, depending on the revenues available.

Sue Blazak

The geographically balanced 28-member task force includes a mix of elected officials and representatives of business, labor, education, and human service agencies, along with riders.

“Our goal was to pull together a task force that was diverse and represented the broad perspectives across our county—from students to elderly people, from business to labor, from Seattle to Maple Valley, and more,” said Metropolitan King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, sponsor of the motion creating the panel. “The Regional Transit Task Force is charged with developing a regional vision to shape our transit system for the future and address the revenue shortfalls Metro faces. I think these individuals, with input from the larger community, are up to that task.”

The task force is being asked to develop policy options for discussion by July and to adopt final policy recommendations by September 2010.

Here’s the full list of 28 appointees:


Accessible servicesJane KuechleAtWork
Economic developmentKate JoncasWest – Downtown Seattle Assoc
Economic developmentChristine HoffmanEast – Redmond Chamber
Economic developmentTom PiersonSouth – Federal Way Chamber
EducationLarry YokSouth – Highline Comm. College
EducationJosh KavanaghWest – Univ. of Washington
Elected officialSuzette CookeSouth – Kent
Elected officialNoel GerkenSouth – Maple Valley
Elected officialTom RasmussenWest – Seattle
Elected officialChris EggenWest – Shoreline
Elected officialGrant DeggingerEast – Bellevue
Elected officialFred ButlerEast – Issaquah
EnvironmentalRob JohnsonTransportation Choices Coalition
EnvironmentalChuck AyersCascade Bicycle Club
Good governmentJames KellyUrban League of Metro. Seattle
Organized laborCarl JacksonAmalgamated Transit Union
Organized laborDavid FreibothKing County Labor Council
Puget Sound Regional CouncilBob DrewelPSRC
RidersSue BlazakSouth
RidersCarla SaulterWest
RidersShiv BatraEast
Social servicesEstela OrtegaWest – El Centro de la Raza
Social servicesLynn MoodyEast – Hopelink
Trip reductionLiz WarmanSouth – The Boeing Company
Trip reductionJim StantonEast – Microsoft
Transportation expertSteve MarshallCascadia Center
Transportation expertJared SmithParsons Brinckerhoff
Transit Advisory CommitteeEd MillerTransit Advisory Committee

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