Tuesday, February 23, 2010

AtWork! staff appointed to Regional Transit Task Force

King County Executive Dow Constantine has named 28 regional and community leaders to a new Regional Transit Task Force that will advise on the future of King County Metro Transit services. Jane Kuechle, Chief Development Officer for AtWork! and a member of Metro’s Transit Advisory Committee, was asked to serve representing Accessible Services. “I am please to be able to give voice to issues and concerns of people with disabilities and the elderly who make use of ACCESS transportation as well as METRO, Sound Transit and other forms of public transportation,” said Kuechle.

“I’ve asked this cross-section of regional leaders and transit users to engage in a discussion about how we can best deliver transit service for all parts of the county within the resources we have,” said Executive Constantine. “I deliberately sought a group of people who are willing to put aside political divisions and think creatively about how to plan a transit system that will serve us well in the future.”

Constantine said the conversation will include development of a comprehensive vision for what the regional transit system should look like in the future as well as criteria for systematically growing or reducing the transit system, depending on the revenues available. Kuechle said she welcomes input from the public regarding accessible transportation services. The geographically balanced 28-member task force includes a mix of elected officials and representatives of business, labor, education, and human service agencies, along with riders.

“Our goal was to pull together a task force that was diverse and represented the broad perspectives across our county—from students to elderly people, from business to labor, from Seattle to Maple Valley, and more,” said Metropolitan King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, sponsor of the motion creating the panel. “The Regional Transit Task Force is charged with developing a regional vision to shape our transit system for the future and address the revenue shortfalls Metro faces. I think these individuals, with input from the larger community, are up to that task.”

The task force is being asked to develop policy options for discussion by July and to adopt final policy recommendations by September 2010.

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