Solid Ground enthusiastically announces its support and endorsement for Seattle’s Regional Proposition 1: Yes for Transit!
Transportation is a basic essential service for many Seattleites. Pre-pandemic, nearly half of our commute trips to downtown happened on transit, and our bus system is critical to keep us all connected so we can get to and from work, keep appointments, or access services. Prop. 1 on the November ballot renews and modifies an expiring measure in order to provide $39 million annually over six years for critical transit investments like essential bus service, creating affordability for riders, addressing the West Seattle transportation crisis head on, and ensuring our transit system is efficient and reliable.
Funding bus service is essential
While the current crisis has many of us working from home, thousands of essential workers – people we all rely on every day – depend on transit. A healthy, sustainable economic recovery depends on reliable, frequent buses. Prop. 1 funds more than 150,000 prioritized transit service hours a year for the next six years. Providing essential access to jobs, services, and opportunities is critical to getting back on track.
Helping our neighbors in need
Bus service remains a vital lifeline for seniors, people with disabilities, students, and working families. Prop. 1 supports access programs for our neighbors with low incomes, including free passes for public high school students and programs for essential workers, seniors, and public housing residents. Our neighbors are counting on these affordability programs now more than ever.
Supporting West Seattle, Georgetown, & South Park
We know that there is no easy fix to the West Seattle Bridge. Providing mobility options for West Seattle as we work toward a solution helps us all stay moving. Decreased congestion also equals cleaner air for South Park, Georgetown, and all communities in Southwest Seattle.
Using dollars wisely
Prop. 1 supports infrastructure improvements such as bus lanes and signal priority across transit corridors. Maximizing trip efficiency and reliability helps keep buses rolling so riders aren’t stuck in traffic. Independent citizen oversight of Prop. 1 ensures our transit dollars are spent wisely.
Voting is our basic right and gives us the opportunity to make sure our choices are represented and valued. Join Solid Ground in voting #YESFORTRANSIT to help make a difference for Seattle citizens who rely on transit!
For more information, visit the @YesforSeattleTransit Facebook page. Questions about Solid Ground’s support of this issue? Please contact Solid Ground’s Advocacy Director Marcy Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.