SB 6582, the transit revenue bill, would provide solutions for both large and small transit systems all over the state that have been hit by the recession. It is the only way out of draconian cuts for Metro and Community Transit, which have maxed out their revenue authority.
Having made it all the way through both houses and the conference committee, it did not make it to the floor on March 8th and will now hope for resurrection in the special session. Martin Munguia writes that Governor “ Gregoire has indicated that this is one of the issues she would like to see revisited in the special session, so there’s still a chance.”
I’ve heard speculation that the bill was yanked due to the new provision that reserved the entire MVET for transit, which may have been a staff error. Regardless of the explanation, the Senate passed the original bill by only one vote, so advocates can take nothing for granted. See how your Senator voted, and let them know if you agree or disagree.
Note also some much smaller appropriations to transit that did become law, including money for CT to plan a second Swift line.