by KATIE WILSON for SEATTLE TRANSIT RIDERS UNION
Late Saturday evening, transit riders and supporters, joined by King County Councilmember Larry Phillips and other representatives from local and state government, will march up the Magnolia bridge to highlight the impact of cuts to transit service and to show state legislators that King County needs sustainable funding for Metro.
The idea for the Midnight March originated when transit riders in Magnolia, organizing to restore their late evening service, challenged their Council Representative Phillips to walk the route that they now must walk when they miss the last bus to their neighborhood at 10:20 pm.
It turns out that not all Magnolia residents are rich and own cars. Jim McIntosh, founder of the Magnolia Transit Riders group, explains: “It is the elderly, the low-income, the blind and visually impaired, people with other handicapping conditions, people who do not drive and the young who suffer the most when there is no public transportation.” He hopes the march will help elected officials to recognize the devastating impact of transit service cutbacks on communities and neighborhoods.
But of course this is not just a Magnolia issue. Metro is facing possible 17% cuts next year, and restoring service in Magnolia could mean cutting needed service elsewhere. So the Magnolia riders are working with the Transit Riders Union to turn this event into a broader statement about the need for sustainable and progressive funding for public transit. All county and city elected officials and 36 th District state legislators have been invited to participate.
Please join us! We are working on arranging carpools and other transportation for non-Magnolia residents after the march. On that same day the Transit Riders Union is also having a potluck from 12-3pm at the Downtown YMCA, 909 4th Avenue, at which we will be launching their new Transit Reader newsletter and making phone calls to key state legislators. All are welcome.
- Place: 1541 15th Avenue W, in front of Staples at the foot of the Magnolia Bridge.
- Meeting Time: 11:00 pm for speeches and rally
- March Time: 11:30 pm; we expect the walk to take about 45 minutes
- End Point: Magnolia Village Pub, 3221 W. McGraw St.
For more information:
- Magnolia Transit Riders: James McIntosh – MagnoliaTransitRiders@Centurylink.net – 206-518-0885
- Transit Riders Union: Katie Wilson – firstname.lastname@example.org – 206-651-4282
- Website: www.transitriders.org
- Facebook: TRU Facebook Page, Event Page, Potluck Event Page.