Is it time for the city to have a Transit Advisory Board?

West Seattle-residing Councilmember Tom Rasmussen thinks so. Here’s the announcement of what’s being proposed:

With improved bus service coming soon to Seattle, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen unveiled legislation before Council’s Transportation Committee today to create a Seattle Transit Advisory Board. Last fall Seattle voters approved Proposition 1, raising approximately $45 million per year to improve Metro bus service in Seattle.

The Advisory Board will serve as a public oversight committee.

The Advisory Board will provide recommendations to the City on the spending of the $45 million, monitor the results of the additional service and provide comments and information relating to any changes that may be needed to Metro bus service.

“I am thrilled about the benefits coming to Metro bus riders in Seattle. Beginning in June many neighborhoods will have more frequent and reliable service. Some routes that had been cut will be restored,” said Rasmussen, the Chair of the City Council Transportation Committee.

“Seattleites expect fiscal accountability and proper oversight of public funds, and the Transit Advisory Board will carry out that function much like the oversight committee for the Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee,” added Councilmember Rasmussen. “I’m very interested in hearing from a group dedicated to seeing we make the most effective use of these funds.”

The Advisory Board will be comprised of 11 members, plus a member of the Get Engaged program, and will be appointed by the Council and Mayor, and serve two-year terms.

The legislation is expected to be approved in the Council Transportation Committee on Tuesday, February 24. After the legislation is adopted by the Full Council and signed by the Mayor, an application process will be opened for interested Seattle-residing applicants.

5 Replies to "Is it time for the city to have a Transit Advisory Board?"

  • RDPence February 10, 2015 (4:29 pm)

    How about SDOT having a Transportation Advisory Board? They need to climb out of their silos and start looking holistically at transportation in Seattle. Time to stop this “one mode at a time” business; it’s inefficient and not working very well.

  • m February 10, 2015 (5:27 pm)

    As long as they aren’t paid positions.

  • captainDave February 10, 2015 (8:51 pm)

    With so much water around Seattle, it would be great to see some possible integration of water-bus routes like West Seattle to Interbay, Fremont to South Lake Union–even connections with county routes like Madison Park to Kirkland/Juanita, and Leschi to Bellevue. Boat transport can make a lot of sense if linked with bus routes.

  • RayK February 11, 2015 (1:40 pm)

    @m, would you oppose the city providing paid ORCA cards to encourage the Transit Advisory Board members to actually experience transit and transportation issues they will be discussing?

  • Dawn February 11, 2015 (3:07 pm)

    Wait….Seattle *doesn’t* have a TAB already?

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