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Letter from Kevin Desmond

Dear Eastside Resident,

King County Metro Transit is embarking on an exciting new adventure, thanks to voter support for the Transit Now proposal. We are pleased to be sending you this tabloid, the first step in a ten-year process of improving transit service on the Eastside.

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In this publication, Metro planners present a set of service change proposals for your consideration. Our proposals are based on extensive public comments received during outreach periods in the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006. They have also been reviewed by a citizens' Sounding Board that met with Metro staff over the past year.

I encourage you to provide us with feedback by filling out the enclosed questionnaire, attending one of the public open houses or information tables, or sending your comments to designated staff members.

Once we have received your comments, Metro staff will adjust the proposals based on your feedback. We will then present the proposed changes to King County Executive Ron Sims. With his approval, the proposals will next be presented to the King County Council. When approved by the Council, Metro will begin implementation of the service improvements, either in September 2007 or February 2008.

The Eastside is growing rapidly, triggering severe problems across a range of transportation options. Eastside employment has been growing at a much faster rate than Metro's ability to respond with new services. The nature of Eastside transit service is gradually evolving from a commuter-only focus to an all-day network that also serves riders who live, work, shop, and travel only on the Eastside.

The enclosed proposals respond to these challenges. They incorporate many suggestions we received from our regular riders, as well as comments from folks who do not ride today, but would like to take the bus in the future. We also listened to major employers, elected officials, jurisdictional staff, students, and senior citizens.

Please help us in this effort to thoroughly understand and develop better service on the Eastside. I look forward to hearing from you, and Metro is looking forward to working with you to provide significantly better transit service to the diverse communities and people of the Eastside.

Sincerely,

Kevin Desmond, General Manager
King County Metro Transit

Jan. 10, 2007