And this one’s farther along, though not as far-reaching. H.R. 6052 has already passed the House, and now has a sponsor in the Senate, a certain prominent Senator from New York. It’s basically a $1.7 billion handout to transit agencies to deal with rising costs, unfortunately administered by the Secretary of Transportation.
Of course, $1.7 billion only works out to about $9 million for King County on a per-capita basis. We’ll probably get a bit more than that, but it won’t be plugging the $35 million shortfall for 2009, even if it does become law.