PHOTOS: Scenes From Metro Transit’s Final Public Hearing At Burien City Hall
It was a bit of media circus outside Burien City Hall late Thursday afternoon (July 21), as numerous Seattle TV stations did urgent “live reports from the scene” as dozens of supporters gathered to air their feelings on proposed budget cuts for King County’s Metro Transit.
The meeting started just after 6 p.m. when King County Councilmember Larry Phillips began the public forum, meant to discuss a proposed two-year, $20 car tab fee hike, as well as possible cuts to its transit service, which is facing a $60 million budget shortfall.
Cuts to bus service across the county – some of which could begin as soon as February, including cuts to several routes in the Burien area – were discussed at this third and final hearing, which continued on several hours after it began.
An overflow crowd of speakers waited outside the chambers in the hallway, and according to Rochelle Flynn, who was signed up, they were told it’d be at least a “two and half-hour wait.”
More information about the budget proposal is available online at: www.kingcounty.gov/metro/future.
BTB Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer dropped by and captured these pics of the beginning portion of the event:
We’ll be posting a full story on the hearing soon, so check back to The B-Town Blog often.