The Everett Herald reports that CT is considering annexing a big chunk of territory, and introducing bus service there. If I read the article correctly, the people in that area — and that area only — would get hit with the full 0.9% sales tax to get the new service.
Unfortunately, there’s some overlap between the annexation area and the Sound Transit district, so we may be looking at a 1.4% tax hike for transit in those areas, which can’t really be good for the prospects of either.
At the same time, CT has decided to hike fares:
Adult local fares will be $1.50 (up 25 cents). Adult commuter fares will be $3.50 (up 50 cents) for trips to and from south Snohomish County. Trips to and from north and east Snohomish County will cost an adult $4.50 (up 75 cents).
I like that the increase is weighted for distance of commute; the longest-distance trips cost the most to serve, and have the highest cost advantage vs. driving.