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November 8, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Tolling supporters say Puget Sound voters want transit improvements

Opponents of Tim Eyman’s anti-tolling initiative were celebrating the vote Tuesday night that showed it trailing, sharply so in King County.

Steve Mullin, president of the Washington Roundtable, said it made sense that the bulk of the no votes came from Central Puget Sound counties, which have the largest backlog of needed road and transit improvements.

“What we really focused on is the fact that 1125 would increase the cost of those projects,” Mullin said.

And King County Executive Dow Constantine told a cheering crowd: “What does this mean? This means we can now move forward briskly with the creation of light rail to the Eastside.”

And, he said, “It means that we have once again said to Tim Eyman and his wealthy backers, ‘We are not gonna take it from you anymore.'”

He said the initiative “was a sneaky attempt to once again stop light rail, to stop the high-capacity transit that the people of our region have voted for over and over again, to turn back important improvements to our road system to make it work well, to turn back our economic recovery …”

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