You may recall that Metro was supposed to have an “information table” at the QFC on 45th from 4-6pm Sunday. Reader Ju wrote to let us know that the event was, shall we say… unspectacular. Here’s what Ju had to say yesterday:
According to http://metro.kingcounty.gov/have-a-say/calendar.html, KC Metro was going to have an “information table” at the Wallingford QFC today from 4-6pm with information about proposed changes to the bus system in 2012, including eliminating the route 26. By the time I got to QFC at 5 pm, there was no sign of Metro. Someone at QFC told me that Metro was there briefly, but the person who was there wasn’t able to answer any questions, so they closed up shop early and left.
Given that Metro is planning to eliminate a route that services Wallingford, Metro really should provide the neigborhood with more information and more chances to give feedback. An info table probably wouldn’t have been sufficient, even if had been done properly, and it’s really outrageous that they weren’t there as long as they said they would be and that they didn’t even send anyone knowledgeable who could address the community’s concerns.
The next public meeting is tomorrow (Monday the 14th) in Greenwood from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th Street Seattle, WA 98103. It would be great if you could get the word out about this meeting. Greenwood’s not too far from Wallingford. Hopefully concerned Wallingfordians can attend this meeting and voice their concerns. I hope Metro will have a meeting closer to Wallingford soon as well.
No, thank you Ju!
Anybody willing to head to Greenwood tonight can get more information about the Greenwood meeting here on the Metro calendar. The calendar says it will be a “public meeting,” not just an information table that may or may not be there for more than 15 minutes, and may or may not staffed by someone knowledgeable about the upcoming changes to Metro service and how they will impact Wallingford.
Also, thanks to Mike Ruby who says the Wallingford Community Council is considering how to respond to the proposed Metro changes as well. Check out his assessment of some of the changes, and his comment about the Council, here in the Comments section of our last Metro-related post. Thank you, Mike.
Update from Ju, 11/15: