Strong Effort to Prevent Metro Re-Route
By Alex Clark, Environmental & Social Responsibility
Representative, Associated Student Government
To try and avoid the service reductions that effect BC students, specifically the reroute of the 245 and 271, there have been several important steps taken by the student government and college.
It is looking positive for BC due to the magnitude of response:
1. Spoken to Metro planners at Metro Planning Meeting, Bellevue City Hall December 11th 2013 – two large sheets of paper filled with student input of cuts, over 8 students in attendance.
2. Over 425 signatures were gathered from our students, staff, and faculty telling Metro to not cut the stops, and asking for support from the Bellevue City Council in maintaining direct service to BC.
3. Presented a letter from the College and ASG along with signatures to Bellevue City Council. Worked with Bellevue City Planners to promote Transit Master Plan.
4. The visit resulted in the City Council officially asking Metro to not cut the 245, 271, and from other outreach, the 235. The 245 and 271 were important both due to the college and our input, but also their relevance to some area high schools.
5. There will be a meeting between Councilmember Hague on the King County Council, Alex Clark on ASG, and Deric Gruen with the Office of Sustainability to discuss service cuts as well as trying to get low-income status for student transit riders, which would offer a lower fare for students. The changes will be voted on in May, with changes going into effect in June. There is still time to voice your opinion here: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/participate.html
Please urge students and colleagues to make their voice heard.