[UPDATE 3/13: Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon says these bills are not subject to Wednesday's cutoff. Martin hears that there was a late deal to declare them necessary to pass the budget, which frees them of the deadline.]
The below action alert has been sent out by Transportation for Washington. I strongly encourage everyone to take a few minutes to send an email or call your legislator and get a few friends or coworkers to do so as well.
In the past 24 hours, more than 2100 emails have been sent to legislators to support local funding options for saving bus service and fixing our streets.
We only have less than 48 hours to get this done and we need you to speak up for transit TODAY .
Three bills — House Bills 1898, 1953, and 1959 which would save transit service in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties and fix our crumbling roads are awaiting a floor vote. If this bill does not get a vote before Wednesday at 5:00pm, we will lose our chance to save transit.
We need every single vote we can get, and our transit champions, including Rep. Marko Liias, Rep. Jessyn Farrell, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Rep. Luis Moscoso, and Rep. Jake Fey, are telling us they need your voice of support right now to show legislators this is critically important.
You already know about the pot holes and missing sidewalks in your neighborhood. We’ve got to give cities and counties the ability to fix them.What has been especially tragic is the loss of bus service in our communities over the past few years. For example, King County Metro was temporarily spared 17% cuts in 2011, but that stopgap measure runs out next year. Pierce Transit has had to slash service 35% and will cut service even more this fall. And the recession has forced Community Transit to similarly cut bus service for thousands of workers, students, and families.
Besides being a good way to prevent congestion and save money, transit is also a lifeline for thousands of kids, seniors, and people with disabilities. We constantly hear heart-wrenching stories about how single moms can’t get to their jobs or families who can’t get to the grocery store because their bus doesn’t run on Sunday.
Quite frankly, the bus cuts, potholes, and unfinished sidewalks, are all unacceptable. That’s why we need your help to pass House Bills 1898, 1953, and 1959.
We can do this. Send a letter to your legislator now >>
Thank you for everything that you do and have done,
Brock Howell & Kate Whiting
Transportation for Washington