Advocacy


2020

Amalgamated Transit Union Solidarity Letter

Bus operators at East Base and Bellevue base have continued to keep Redmond moving during COVID-19, even after the passing of their colleague Samina Hameed. This week, we’ve signed onto a solidarity letter with the Amalgamated Transit Union and a coalition of advocates calling to provide personal protective equipment for all of our bus operators.

Bike Month proclamation & Open Streets Request

Recognizing May as Bike Month celebrates the importance of bikes to staying healthy and socially distanced, along with the City’s investments in safe bike routes. We’re excited that the Mayor and Council are celebrating biking’s role in making Redmond a more accessible and inclusive community. We encouraged them to open streets to give people more room to walk and bike.

Federal Emergency funding for Puget Sound transit agencies

Our advocacy to Congress member DelBene helped net $500 million for Seattle area transit agencies. Healthcare workers at two of our members, EvergreenHealth and Swedish depend on bus service to keep our hospitals and emergency rooms going. We signed onto Transportation for America’s letter urging emergency funding for transit agencies.

Lobbied Olympia legislators in response to the passage of I-976

In January, our staff went to Olympia to meed with Redmond’s legislators. Millions of dollars a year that fund Eastside light rail, bus service, bike paths, and vanpools were at stake if the legislators follow through and enact the cuts in I-976.

Countywide measure for Bus Service

Redmond bus riders are hungry for more bus service. GRTMA testified to the King County Council in February with a coalition of advocates to put a countywide transit ballot measure before voters in 2020.

Letter calling for Redmond North South streets to be safer for those walking and biking

We called for safe, stress free walking and biking paths along and across Willows Road and Avondale Road. Willows Road urgently needs safe pedestrian walkways along its length in both directions. It also needs near term protected bike lanes. Avondale needs protected bike lanes along its length.

Requested Sound Transit's Downtown Redmond light rail station be 100% accessible

Riders using wheelchairs & strollers should never have to detour due to a broken escalator or elevator. Now is the chance to make our stations 100% accessible. GRTMA sent a letter to Sound Transit asking for an accessible ramp to the platform of the future Downtown Redmond Station


2019

Called for Redmond's Parking policy in Downtown Redmond to prioritize businesses and their customers

Our members want parking policy that prioritizes customers and makes it easier for employees to reliably reach their businesses, whether they get there by car, bike, or by foot. To achieve those outcomes, GRTMA urged the City of Redmond to end permits for on-street parking, add commercial loading zones and accessible parking, eliminate parking minimums, and reinvest parking revenues in programs to encourage biking, walking and transit.