King County Metro faces route cuts that could affect Green River Community College
We here at IP Housing want to keep you as informed as much as possible to anything going on in the community that affects you & our students. Transportation, being one of those issues we like to keep up to date. Currently, before the state legislature is a transportation package that would raise an estimated $140 to $150 million through the motor vehicle excise tax that would affect King County Metro. The statewide proposal is currently stalled in negotiations.
King County Metro bus service is facing route cuts starting mid-2014 that would affect Green River’s main and Enumclaw campuses unless operational funding is approved this session by the state legislature or by King County voters in a proposed transportation package. The ballot measure could head to an election in April or May.
Metro bus routes 164 and 181 that serve the main campus would end service at 9 p.m., an hour earlier than its present schedule. Bus routes 186, 907 and 915, which serve the Enumclaw campus, would operate fewer trips during the day under Metro’s proposed changes. A full list of route changes may be found on Metro’s website.
In addition Metro would raise all fares 25-cents starting March 1, 2015 while reducing fares to $1.50 per trip for qualifying low-income riders using an ORCA card.
We of course will keep our eyes out on this issue & keep you posted.
Host families are to collect the student’s shared expense on the same date the student arrived each month, at a rate of one month at a time. The monthly rate is $650.00. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for New Student process (remember a new student is picked up at the airport and is studying at Green River for the first time as a long-term student).
Many hosts have asked what the policy is when a student moves in and then tells the host they will move out within the month. Hosts are concerned about being expected to return a part of the shared expense. Our policy is as follows: Students that leave before the end of the paid month period will not receive a refund. In some cases students may request to stay less than a month, such as when a student intends to move at the end of the quarter but the quarter ends a few days after their pay date. The host family has the option of requesting a full month shared expense ($650) or may collect a daily rate not to exceed $25.00 per day. This option remains with the host family to be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the length of stay requested. Students are making a month-to-month commitment, which means they are not required to give one month notice before moving.
As a reminder, all host families are expected to provide a private room (we do not allow sharing of a room), food for all meals, use of household amenities to include internet hook up and transportation to and from campus. Families unable to provide transportation are asked to ensure there is only one bus ride or that their transportation is easy to access. As a final note, regarding the shared expense, the College does not allow hosts to request additional monies for services such as transportation (gas), additional food, utilities, etc. We ask that you please contact our staff at email@example.com with any questions you may have.
Fall is in full swing and winter will be here before you know it. Your student may choose to travel between fall and winter quarter, classified as a short vacation. For short vacations, students should advise their host family of their vacation plans and will be expected to pay the regular monthly shared expense. During a longer absence, such as leaving for one month or longer, the student should pay half of the shared expense. For example if the student leaves for 30 days they should pay half of the shared expense for one month. If they leave for the whole summer quarter they should pay half for the time they are gone. This allows the student to maintain his/her room and store his/her belongings while vacationing. The host family may not host anyone else while the student is absent from their room.
The student may make other arrangements. However, should the student choose to not pay their host family and store their belongings elsewhere, they run the risk that their host family may not be available when they return and other housing arrangements will have to be made.
Students may ask you to take them to the airport or pick them up from the airport as a continuing student. You may choose to take them as a courtesy. Should you wish to charge a fee, the cost associated with being transported to the airport is $50.00 and is the rate a student would pay should they choose to take taxi or shuttle. It is up to you as to whether to charge your continuing student.
We are excited to share information about a new (non-Green River) shuttle service available. Eagle Wings Shuttle Service is now offering shuttle service to and from Covington neighborhoods and Green River Community College for a small fee.
The shuttle will make stops at scheduled times in neighborhoods near Kentwood High School. Stops will also be made at Brandon Meadows entrance and neighborhoods near Green River.
For more information or to reserve a seat for you student, please contact Eileen at 206.954.2058. This service is not in association with Green River, but is a courtesy announcement due to the decreased Metro bus service available in the Covington area for students and hosts.
Do your students travel to school by bus? If so, you will need to be aware that there are changes coming. Students who ride the bus to school need to travel by use of Orca card. Here are some basics.
A new adult card can be purchased and refilled at area Safeway and QFC stores. A youth card must be purchased either by mail or at an Orca Customer Service Office. The cost of a new card (adult or youth) is $5.00 and may be purchased as a standard card, with online services and balance protection. A personalized card, also $5.00, can protect the student’s card if it is lost or stolen, allows the student to see the transaction history online and is set up to autoload and add value automatically.
Please see Orcacard.com for additional details. Please remind your students of their personal responsibility to be safe while riding the bus.
All host families are welcome to come to the “Host Family Appreciation” Sunday March 3rd, 2:00pm in the Lindbloom Center. Come and meet other host families, be entertained, and have some desert. See you there!