The Yes for Transit campaign in support of this November’s Seattle Transit Proposition No. 1 is holding two volunteer events this week. The campaign kickoff event is on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fado Irish Pub and, for those who can’t attend, the Transportation Choices Coalition is hosting a campaign volunteer happy hour at their office today at 4:30 p.m.
David Lawson covered the funding measure here earlier, but in short, it will protect King County Metro bus routes in Seattle from proposed service cuts by raising an estimated $45 million per year. The funding sources are the same as in the failed countywide proposition earlier this year: replace the expiring $20 CRC annual vehicle fee with a $60 vehicle fee and increase the sales tax rate by 0.1%.
At both events transit supporters can learn about the campaign, donate and sign up as a volunteer. It may be exhausting to gear up for yet another campaign to save buses, but it is critical to avoid the devastating cuts Metro has planned for 2015. Seattle-only transportation measures have failed with voters in the past, so advocates should not be overconfident.
About Wednesday’s kickoff Rob Johnson of the Transportation Choices Coalition says:
Please join Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Transportation Choices and fellow Seattle transit supporters to celebrate the kick off of this important campaign!
There will be beverages to drink, appetizers to enjoy, and plans to be made to keep our transit system moving. And of course, invite your friends!
What: TCC Volunteer Happy Hour
When: Tuesday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Transportation Choices Coalition, 219 1st Ave S., Suite 420, Seattle WA 98104
What: Yes for Transit Campaign Kickoff
When: Wednesday, September 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fado Irish Pub, 801 1st Ave S., Seattle WA 98104