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Another piece of good news from the south

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While counting was not yet complete when this story made the Seattle Times, it looks like a proposition to extend Sound Transit will pass.

Proposition 1 would impose a sales tax increase of .5 percent, a nickel per $10, to pay for a plan Sound Transit estimates at $22.8 billion. It would expand light rail to Bellevue, Lynnwood and Federal Way.

As of early Wednesday, the measure was drawing 58.6 percent support in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, including 61.9 percent in King County. The weakest support was 51 percent in Pierce County, where counting was delayed by a ranked choice voting system for local offices.

Thanks to Richard Campbell for the heads up, but I had to go get the link myself. And because of that I now also know that

Meanwhile, I-985, which experts said would have slowed express transit buses, lost big. The measure sought to create a state congestion-relief account and open carpool lanes to general traffic in off-peak hours.

What a shame that here in BC we do not get a vote on transit or highway expansions

Written by Stephen Rees

November 5, 2008 at 10:48 am

Posted in transit, Transportation

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  1. It makes sense that the measure to open car pool lanes would lose mathematically. i.e. those who benefit from the carpool lanes remaining exclusive (transit riders and carpoolers) would outnumber those who would benefit from opening up the carpool lanes (single occupant drivers) – even if they occupy fewer vehilces. I suppose that highlights the carrying capacity of transit (and carpools).

    Ron C.

    November 5, 2008 at 12:53 pm

  2. […] Another piece of good news from the south « Stephen Rees’s blog […]

    Amesburydemocrats.Org | Joy

    November 5, 2008 at 2:40 pm

  3. Don’t forget the passing of the California High Speed Rail, Honolulu Rail, LA Rail Expansions, among others….
    Way to go Americans!
    http://bc.transport2000.ca/news.html

    Matthew Buchanan

    November 5, 2008 at 10:32 pm

  4. Here’s a Seattle Times graphic with a breakdown of the new sales tax and routes, etc:

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/flatpages/local/2008proposition1guide.html

    Ron C.

    November 6, 2008 at 12:51 pm


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