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Transportation Blog

Yes or No on King County’s Proposition 1, the public does not want bus cuts

April 22, 2014 in Blog

For several months now, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Councilmember Larry Phillips and other county leaders have told the public they will cut neighborhood bus routes if they do not receive more revenue from regressive taxes. King County officials say that without the new regressive taxes, they plan to cut 550,000 hours of bus service in many neighborhoods. Their planned cuts would fall hardest in many low-income neighborhoods across the county.

Labor dispute may cost state $17 million; the earliest the tunneling machine could be fixed is March 2015

April 22, 2014 in Blog

According to Crosscut, the state may be on the hook for $17.6 million due to the labor dispute  that shut the tunnel project down for about a month. Last year, unions argued over four dirt hauling jobs that resulted in picket lines even though the Project Labor Agreement assured there would be no labor unrest.

Audit requested by WPC on Columbia River Crossing project released by Auditor’s Office

April 18, 2014 in Blog

The State Auditor’s Office released the results from a WPC-requested audit on the Columbia River Crossing project a few days ago.

King County Proposition 1’s regressive tax increases may fund stalled union contract

April 16, 2014 in Blog

King County Metro Transit officials may use new revenue from regressive sales and car taxes enacted under April 22nd’s Proposition 1 to provide money to speed negotiations over a stalled three-year union contract.

King County Metro officials confirm windfall tax revenues; plan to impose 92% of planned service cuts

April 15, 2014 in Blog

King County Metro officials reported on the  $30 million windfall in sales tax revenues they are receiving this year.  Speaking at a committee briefing for members of the King County Council this afternoon, Dwight Dively, Director of the Office of Performance, Strategy, and Budget, called the unexpected new money “...really good news.”  But it may not be good news to Metro riders.

King County Metro officials reduce some planned bus route cuts but voters won't know which routes are affected unless Prop 1 fails

April 10, 2014 in Blog

Washington Policy Center broke news in mid-March about Metro’s record-breaking revenues and future revenue windfalls. Metro officials soon followed up by releasing their new plans to reduce some of their planned bus cuts, saying that “improved sales tax will allow Metro to reduce the proposed package of cuts. Transit planners are finalizing the revised list of reductions.”

Councilmember makes misleading statement on Metro's tax revenue

April 8, 2014 in Blog

Last week, in urging the public to accept his proposed increases in regressive sales tax and car fees, Councilmember Phillips said:

"The sales revenues that support our transit system are less now than five years ago."

This carefully-worded statement is misleading to the public in two ways. First, Councilmember Phillips qualifies his statement in order to hide Metro's revenue windfalls this year and beyond.

The Seattle Times urges a No vote on Prop. 1, cites Metro’s failed promises and high costs

April 7, 2014 in Blog

The Seattle Times published an editorial Saturday urging voters in King County to reject Proposition 1, saying the transit agency has not kept past promises and is not “thoroughly confronting its well-documented unsustainably high operating costs.”

Proposition 1 taxes - another city considers diverting money away from roads

April 4, 2014 in Blog

In my recent blog, Proposition 1 taxes – money for roads might not go to roads, I mention the Seattle City Council’s plan to divert Proposition 1 money away from roads into other modes, despite drivers paying the bulk of the taxes. Other cities appear to be following suit.

Proposition 1 taxes - money for roads might not go to roads

April 3, 2014 in Blog

King County officials say that if they don’t receive new tax revenue from the public, they plan to cut Metro bus service by 17%, close bridges and let public roads turn to gravel.

County officials say they want to use 60% of Proposition 1’s tax money to save current bus service from the cuts they are proposing, and will devote the remaining 40% to road projects that serve the traveling public.