Pamela Dorris takes two buses and a train to get to the University of Washington campus from her Bonney Lake home every day — a commute that can easily claim up to four hours of her day.
She’s one of thousands of students who take a Metro bus to college in Seattle, saving as much as 27 percent of the cost of attending the UW by living at home with her parents.
If voters reject the Metro transit-funding package in April and bus service is cut, students who commute to Seattle could face much longer travel times this fall — commutes that could make it more challenging to live at home and go to school, take internships or hold part-time jobs.
Transit proponents worry that although students are going to be especially hard-hit, they may not even know there’s an election under way because local issues don’t always resonate with 20-somethings.
“We’ve never had a countywide special election in April, so few people know about the election, period, but that’s especially true of college students,” said April Putney, campaign manager for Move King County Now, which is advocating for the ballot measure.
Proposition 1 would add a tenth of a cent to the sales tax and set an annual car-tab fee of $60 to maintain Metro Transit service at current levels and help fund road projects throughout the county. Ballots have been sent by mail and are due back April 22.