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Category: Transportation
October 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Muni League recommends “no” vote on Seattle bus funds

The Municipal League of King County suggests a “no” vote on Seattle’s Proposition 1, which would raise sales taxes and car-tab fees to pay for more city bus service. The measure amounts to “something close to a blank check,” the League says.  Its statement criticized the shifting nature of the campaign — first to save…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: King County Metro Transit, Monorail, Municipal League

March 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Washington State Ferries chief David Moseley to resign

The head of Washington’s ferry system is stepping down effective April 15. David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation, announced his resignation in a statement Tuesday, saying he’d left the ferry system in a stronger position than it was when he took the job six years ago. He cited progress on…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, Transportation | Topics: David Moseley, Washington State Ferries

March 5, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Senate votes to make Medina, Seattle pay bridge cost overruns – and changes mind

The state Senate on Tuesday voted to force Medina property owners and the City of Seattle to pay for any cost overruns associated with construction of the new Highway 520 bridge, and then had second thoughts. The back story? Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, proposed an amendment to the Senate’s transportation budget that would restate existing law…

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March 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Prospect of transportation tax package fades in Olympia

It’s increasingly unlikely state lawmakers will move forward with a multi-billion dollar transportation tax package before the regular session ends on March 13. Negotiators say they’re still stuck on many of the same issues that have bogged down talks for more than a year. Both sides accuse each other playing politics — always an odd accusation…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature, Transportation | Topics: gas tax, tax package, transportation

February 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Some senators offer transportation package; others pan it

Eight members of the state Senate’s mostly-Republican Majority Coalition Caucus on Thursday unveiled a transportation proposal that would raise more than $12 billion in 12 years and include an 11.5 cent gas-tax increase over the next three years. The package includes $6.5 billion to complete projects, including the North-South Freeway in Spokane, widening I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass and…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature, Transportation | Topics: 520 bridge, transportation package

January 9, 2014 at 10:54 AM

GOP lawmaker: Seattle should pay for any tunnel overruns

By CHRIS GRYGIEL The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The problems facing two state transportation “megaprojects” will loom large over discussions in the Legislature this year to raise the gas tax to pay for roads, bridges and transit throughout Washington. Leading lawmakers said at an Associated Press legislative forum Thursday that recent issues with the State Highway 520 bridge…

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Comments | More in State Legislature, Transportation | Topics: Alaskan Way Viaduct, Highway 520 bridge, Highway 99 tunnel

October 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Coal train spokeswoman caught on tape joking about Seattle area being “wacky”

Update, 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 10: The Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports has issued the following statement: “The statements made by the individual in the recording do not reflect the values or the views of the Alliance or its members.  As companies and members of the community, who operate and have employees in this region, we’re committed…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: coal trains, Lauri Hennessey, Matt Ferguson

June 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Transportation tax proponents urge state Senate to pass bill

By Staff Reporter Colin Campbell The parking lot of the Bellevue Burgermaster was filled Friday morning with people hungry, not for burgers, but for state transportation funding. A coalition of local elected officials and businesspeople gathered at the fast food joint near I-520 to again urge the state Senate to pass a $10 billion transportation tax package…

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Comments | More in State Legislature, Transportation | Topics: dow constantine, Maud Daudon, Washington Legislature

June 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM

New details released on $10B state transportation package

House Transportation Chairwoman Judy Clibborn released details Tuesday of a new $10 billion transportation tax package that would increase the state gas tax by 10.5 cents per gallon. Under the proposal, the gas tax would increase 6 cents per gallon on July 1 of this year and an additional 4.5 cents per gallon on…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature, Transportation | Topics: gas tax, Judy Clibborn, transportation tax package