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Seattle's Transportation Freedon Day!

Sunday, March 15th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Mar 15th 2009

Celebrate Seattle’s Transportation Freedom Day with WashPIRG, Transportation Choices Coalition, Futurewise, and the Sierra Club at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club

This is a fun event for the whole family with games and cake!

Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club is located at: 4520 MLK Jr. Way. S. in Seattle   

How much does transportation cost you?

  • Walking/Biking: Free
  • Metro Bus Fare: $1.75
  • Gallon of Gasoline: $2.17
  • Days the average Seattleite works to pay for yearly transportation costs: 74
  • Helping Seattle celebrate an earlier Transportation Freedom Day: Priceless

Your transportation costs could surprise you. In the average household, transportation accounts for the second largest drain on family budgets; more than food, health care, and second only to home ownership.If fact, every dollar you earned from January 1st until March 15th will ultimately go towards your transportation costs for the year. That’s why we’re raising awareness by celebrating Seattle’s Transportation Freedom Day!Around the country, cities are celebrating Transportation Freedom Day, and cities with expansive mass transit options are celebrating much earlier. Denver cut the cake on March 3rd, Boston and New York popped the champagne on February 24th, and San Francisco strung up the balloons on February 16th. In all of these cities, there are extensive transportation options to help people make the less expensive choice.

Seattle is certainly headed in the right direction, but we can do better. Metro and Sound Transit busses are filled to capacity, and yet Metro faces route cancelation. Light Rail will soon deftly connect our neighborhoods, but more federal attention will be needed for further expansions. Amtrak connects Seattle to Portland and Vancouver BC, but High-Speed Rail could make intercity travel a convenience instead of a burden.

 The only ways we can save the mass transit we know, and improve Seattle’s mass transit for the future, are by raising awareness and making the investment.