PHOTOS: Scenes From Metro Transit’s Final Public Hearing At Burien City Hall


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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:

Metro Transit's final hearing on budget cuts was held at Burien City Hall on Thursday, July 21st.

Numerous TV stations were on hand, broadcasting live for their 6pm newscasts.

A Reporter from KIRO-TV does a live 'cut-in' to a newscast from the scene.

Numerous people showed their support outside city hall before the meeting.

Many supporters got to the forum by – what else – a bus...

Some more creative supporters even dressed up as Robots.

Two supporters in Robot costume attempt to high-five. They missed.

King County Councilmember Larry Phillips hangs out with some Robots before the meeting.

The forum played to a packed house at city hall.

Burien City Councilmember Brian Bennett waits for his cue to speak.

We’ll be posting a full story on the hearing soon, so check back to The B-Town Blog often.

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5 Responses to “PHOTOS: Scenes From Metro Transit’s Final Public Hearing At Burien City Hall”
  1. Valkyrie says:

    Thanks for taking the great photos, Scott. It was hearwarming to see so many people testify to support the disenfranchised and disabled people. Nobody likes to pay taxes, but this tax is very necessary. This will cost people considerably less than a tank of gas, and it will help the environment, the economy, and those that have no other way of accessing their jobs and the community.

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  2. beau says:

    Forget it. Raise the rates, not my taxes. Enough already.

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  3. Jay says:

    Maybe if we hadn’t spent 24 million on a new park & ride and garage the county would have the money needed to keep the routes. Well done King County-Metro!

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    • Joshua Kelley says:

      @Jay: Actually the garage is only $20.5 million, and it was approved and paid for as part of the Sound Transit 2 proposition a couple years ago. Funding comes from Sound Transit ($14.7 million) and various FTA grants ($7.3 million). King County Metro may own it (once it’s built), but it’s not paid for by Metro.

      [http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/NewsCenter/NewsReleases/2010/October/nr102210_burientc.aspx]

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  4. Jay says:

    Thanks smart guy for the clarification. Bottom line is the tax payers pissed away a helluva lot of money that does not provide any ongoing jobs. Actually the tab was quite a bit more than 20.5 million when you consider the slab of concrete and the art glass structure that was built before the garage. I guess it’s ok because the federal government paid part of the tab. Oh wait, it’s ok if the rest of the country helps pay. No wonder this country is broke.

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