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Transportation Blog

Metro announces record-high tax collections

March 19, 2014 in Blog

In newly-released figures, Metro officials announced they received record-breaking levels of tax revenue in 2013, reporting they collected more money from the public in taxes than at any time in the agency’s history.

The state’s largest public transit agency collected $442,731,128 in tax revenue the last calendar year, surpassing pre-recession revenue levels.

How close were lawmakers to passing a transportation tax package?

March 14, 2014 in Blog

In response to Governor Inslee’s press conference, Senator King (R-Yakima), Co-Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, said in a press release today that the MCC continued to move closer to the House’s proposal, and said the governor violated a confidentiality agreement on transportation negotiations.

King County’s plan: to punish the poor with regressive tax increases, or hurt the poor with bus cuts

March 13, 2014 in Blog

King County Councilmember Larry Phillips says he plans 600,000 hours of bus service cuts, many targeted at people living in poor neighborhoods, unless voters agree to increase some of the county’s most regressive taxes.  Councilmember Phillips wants to increase the sales tax and impose a $60-a-year fee on every vehicle registered in King County.

Public transit ridership is at 1956 levels, as people choose non-transit travel 97.7% of the time

March 11, 2014 in Blog

An Associated Press story appearing in newspapers across the country trumpets that ridership on public transportation is about the same as it was in the 1950s, leading to enthusiastic “Transit ridership highest since 1956!” headlines.  However, the study failed to account for the growth in population, or to look at public transportation’s market share, the percentage of daily trips that are on transit.

Renewing your tabs may become more expensive to pay for ferry construction and operations

March 7, 2014 in Blog

If Governor Inslee signs Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1129, prepare to possibly pay more to renew your tabs or transfer a vehicle’s title.

Currently, when you go to renew your tabs or transfer a title you can choose whether to renew through the Department of Licensing (DOL) or go to an authorized subagent (a private company that operates on behalf of the DOL in many communities).

BOMA Seattle - Suburban Cities Meeting

March 6, 2014 in Blog

It was a pleasure to speak to the Building Owners and Managers Association Seattle King Counties Suburban Cities meeting earlier this week about the proposed tax increases on the April ballot.

You can find the slides to the presentation, here.

Senate leaders introduce new transportation proposal in bill form

March 3, 2014 in Blog

Senator Rodney Tom (D-Medina) and Senator Curtis King (R-Yakima) introduced a new transportation package last Friday. The three bills follow:

Senate bill would borrow, use gas taxes, and spend federal funds to pay for 520 cost overruns

February 27, 2014 in Blog

The Senate Transportation Committee passed SB 6001, making supplemental appropriations to the transportation budget, and moved the bill to the Rules Committee for full Senate consideration. Lawmakers provided a plan to pay for the $170 million in cost overruns on the 520 Bridge Project.

New car tab fee and higher sales tax likely on special April ballot

February 24, 2014 in Blog

Today, the King County Council moved towards putting new taxes on the ballot. On April 22, 2014, King County voters may vote on a costly plan to impose a $60 annual car tab fee and a .1% sales tax increase on drivers and consumers. Both of the new taxes would sunset after 10 years.  According to Crosscut, King County has nearly 2 weeks to get the measure on the ballot. However, if state lawmakers approve of new local taxes for transit, the King County Council would meet to discuss eliminating both taxes.