Our state government is likely to put together a stimulus package, and Governor Christine Gregoire has released her plan for the stimulus spending. There’s more than $800 million in spending, $427 million on construction projects, $390 million for transportation projects, and another $400 million in corporate tax breaks, unemployment benefits and worker training. The transportation spending should be good news for 545 riders and 242 riders like Ben and I: it will nearly all go to help fix the SR520/I-405 interchange in North Bellevue. The unemployment money would come from the state’s unemployment insurance fund, but it’s not obvious where the rest of the money will come from.
Obviously, I’m biased since I commute the route every day, but I’m mildly happy with this stimulus. Gregoire could have put a lot of money for rural highway projects or lane expansion, but this is mostly a congestion relief project that will make BRT on 520 more reliable and affordable.