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November 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Seattle voters saying yes to increased Metro bus service

Alex Hudson, front to back, Hanna Brooks Olsen and Sarah Anne Lloyd, with the Seattlish progressive news site, cheer during the Yes for Seattle Transit election party at the Comet Tavern in Capitol Hill. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Alex Hudson, front to back, Hanna Brooks Olsen and Sarah Anne Lloyd, with the Seattlish progressive news site, cheer during the Yes for Seattle Transit election party at the Comet Tavern in Capitol Hill. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Metro Transit service in Seattle will get a boost, if Tuesday’s vote trend continues.

In Tuesday night’s count, 59 percent of voters were saying yes to Proposition 1, while 41 percent were rejecting the measure.

Voters are apparently seeing value in paying more in sales taxes and for car tabs. The measure calls for a 0.1 percent sales-tax increase and $60 annual car-tab fee, which together are expected to yield about $43 million a year to buy service hours from King County Metro Transit, and $2 million to aid low-income transit customers.

Proposition 1 gives the City Council leeway to spend as it pleases on bus routes.

The measure was originally written and promoted as a way for Seattleites to stave off cuts in bus service. But after optimistic predictions of future Metro reserves, Mayor Ed Murray and other city officials continued to support Proposition 1 as a way to upgrade service.

Tonight’s vote count can be viewed  here.

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