Here are a few photos of last night’s King County Town Hall Meeting, focused on transportation issues, at Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club.
We “live tweeted” last night’s meeting (see rainierbeach Twitter profile or search for #kctwnhl at search.twitter.com) as an experiment in getting the word out for folks not able to attend. The messages sent during the meeting were displayed at the right side of the Rainier Beach Coalition Web site.
Metro presented graphics showing an overall increase in service hours for Southeast Seattle, but of course this does not address the fact that these service hours were significantly redistributed in the course of adjusting routes and frequencies, and therefore the dozens of speakers last night noting the dramatic loss in service to their homes, health care providers and schools.
The context for the meeting was to review the impacts to date toward considering future adjustments, and several panelists referred to conversations underway to review Route 42 service.
Six council members were present for the first half of the meeting, with three remaining for the public testimony portion. Several candidates for public office were present, including Betty Patu (School Board) and Nick Licata (City Council).
Also in attendance were representatives from the bus driver’s union, which is seeking to develop closer relationships with the neighborhood.
Watch for additional updates and reports.