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King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove

Serving the cities of Burien, Des Moines, Kent, Normandy Park, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila, and the unincorporated communities in Council District 5
Councilmember
Dave Upthegrove
Council District 5
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-477-1005
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024
Fax: 206-296-1050
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Metro’s fare enforcement policy for youth

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King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove introduced legislation to make major changes to Metro’s fare enforcement policy for youth. The proposal would make it King County policy to:

  • Keep juveniles from being criminally charged for fare evasion – instead fare evasion would become a civil matter
  • Require a court order to impose long-term bus ridership suspensions for juveniles
  • Eliminate the “Shoreline Rule” for youth who need to deal with transit related offenses (currently all transit offenses are adjudicated solely at the Shoreline District Court.)
  • Provide specific training to transit security officers in working with adolescents.

In addition, as a member of the Board of Directors on Sound Transit, Upthegrove sent a letter to Sound Transit, requesting similar actions specific to Sound Transit fare enforcement and training policies.

“I want to keep young bus riders accountable while at the same time eliminate outdated and counter-productive practices, Upthegrove said. “Kids should not be charged criminally or suspended for months without due process from what is often their only form of transportation.”

The proposed legislation would also improve geographic access to court for youth throughout the county and ensure transit personnel receive appropriate training specific to working with adolescents. Now anyone charged with a transit related offense must travel to the Shoreline District Court for hearings.

“Public transportation is a vital link for families, children and youth to the many employment, education and community building opportunities available throughout King County,” said Anne Lee, Executive Director at TeamChild. “Banning kids from the riding public transit cuts them off from services and support and leaves them with unsafe options or dead ends.”

Reducing racial disproportionality in fare enforcement practices is also a goal of Upthegrove’s efforts. Currently, 74% of the youth that are suspended on King County Metro are African American, according to the Racial Disparity Project. 

“Metro trespass orders have long posed barriers to individuals needing to attend school, work, or to complete court-ordered obligations,” said Anita Khandelwal, Supervisor at the Racial Disparity Project. “A disproportionate number of trespass orders are issued to individuals of color. This motion takes important steps towards reducing these barriers for youth and starts a much needed dialog regarding how to make public transit safe and accessible for all.”


Community Events

BURIEN

Farmers Market
Thursdays through October 22nd from 11:00am-6:00pm at Burien Town Square Park (480 SW 152nd Street).

Music in the Park
Thursdays through August 13th from 6:30-8:00pm at Lake Burien School Park (1620 SW 149th Street). On rainy evenings, please call (206) 988-3700 after 5:00pm to check for location change. Visit www.burienwa.gov/concerts for more details.

Theater in the Park
July 25th and August 1st at Dottie Harper Park (421 SW 146th Street). Theater is rain or shine. Visit www.burienwa.gov/concerts for more details. Performance starts at 7:00pm.

DES MOINES

Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market
Saturdays through October from 10:00am-2:00pm and Wednesdays through August from 3:00-7:00pm at the Des Moines Marina. A senior and disabled shuttle service is available with 72-hour notice by contacting (206) 727-6262.

Music in the Park
Wednesdays through August 12th from 7:00-8:30pm at Des Moines Beach Park Meadow (22030 Cliff Avenue S). Visit www.desmoinesartscommission.com/concerts-in-the-park.html for concert details.

Theater in the Park
August 1st at Des Moines Beach Park Meadow. Featuring Shakespeare's 'As You Like It.' Performance starts at 7:00pm.

Des Moines Waterland Festival
July 17th-19th in downtown Des Moines, Marine View Drive South. Activities include a children's carnival, fun run, parade, live music, food plus a car and boat show. See festival website at www.destinationdesmoines.org/waterlandfestival/ for a full schedule of events.



KENT

Kent Farmers Market
Saturdays through September from 9:00am-2:00pm at Town Square Plaza (2nd Avenue and Smith Street, next to the Kent Library).

Music in the Park
Wednesdays through August 12th from 12:00-1:00pm at Town Square Plaza and Thursdays through August 13th from 7:00-8:30pm at Lake Meridian Park (14800 SE 272nd Street). Shuttle bus service available. Visit www.kentwa.gov/arts/summer/ for concert details.

NORMANDY PARK

Music in the Park

Sundays through August 23rd from 5:00-6:30pm at Marvista Park (19900 4th Avenue SW). Please note the July 26th concert has a special 4:00pm start time.

Celtic Fest
July 19th from 1:00pm-6:30pm at Marvista Park. Festival features live music and dance performances, food and vendors.

RENTON

Renton Farmers Market
Tuesdays through September from 3:00pm-7:00pm at Piazza Park (233 Burnett Avenue S).

Music in the Park
Wednesdays through August 5th from 7:00-8:30pm at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park (1201 Lake Washington Blvd N). On rainy evenings, please call (425) 430-6719 to check for event changes. Visit www.rentonwa.gov/living/ for concert details.

Renton River Days
July 24th-26th at Liberty Park (1101 Bronson Way N). Activities at this multi-day family festival include a KidZone, parade, art show and market, plus two stages featuring a variety of family entertainment. Visit the festival website at www.rentonriverdays.org/about/ for more details.

SEATAC

Music in the Park
July 24th, 31st and August 7th from 6:30-8:00pm at Angle Lake Park (19408 International Blvd). Visit http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us for concert details.

Wednesdays, July 15th-August 5th from 6:30-8:00pm at North SeaTac Park (S 128th Street and 20th Avenue S).

Theater in the Park

July 17th at Angle Lake Park. Featuring Shakespeare's 'Henry the IV, Part One.' Performance starts at 7:00pm.

International Festival
September 12th-13th at Angle Lake Park. Highlights include a variety of ethnic and cultural performances, arts and craft booths, food vendors and a children's play area. Visit the festival website at www.CityOfSeaTac.com/InternationalFestival for more information.

TUKWILA

Touch-A-Truck Safety and Emergency Preparedness Fair
Saturday, July 25th from 9:00am-1:00pm at Westfield Southcenter, South Parking lot (2800 Southcenter Mall).

Peanut Butter and Jam Family Concert Series
Wednesdays, July 29th-August 19th from 12:00-1:00pm at the Tukwila Community Center (12424 42nd Avenue S).

Tukwila Kids Festival
August 21st from 12:00-4:00pm at Cascade View Community Park (14211 37th Avenue S). Activities include children’s entertainment, food, face painting, balloon fight and inflatable bouncers.

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