Here’s a killer news round-up:
- Amtrak is working to get a second train to BC, but is getting the run-around from the Canadian Government. The Canadians want to charge $1500 a day for customs and immigration services for the train, and while that might not sound like a lot, Amtrak does not have a massive budget and doesn’t want to pay the fee. You’d think the Canadians would see the benefits of the additional tourism dollars, especially with the Olympics coming, but so far no progress has been made in getting the fee waived..
- The P-I mentions that the state legislature is becoming a major hurdle in getting an MVET to pay for the increased bus service that King County wanted as a part of the viaduct construction. With Ron Sims in DC, who’ll fight for it?
- The PI also takes a jab at the 20-40-40 rule in discussing a Municipal League Report that argued for Metro to take a serious look at its finances.
Metro will also have to “squeeze every ounce of productivity and service out of limited resources.” That will require re-examining a highly political formula that has been designating most new service for far-flung, low ridership suburbs. It should also bring much more serious attention to labor costs.
Well put. I agree its remarkable that Metro hasn’t yet cut service.
- As Publicola notes, Maria Cantwell voted against the ill-conceived auto-purchase “stimulus” amendment, but worked to get an electric car amendment onto the bill.
- This is sort of a sad story of a woman who was forced to move from her home to make way for the Capitol Hill light rail station. It isn’t like she didn’t get paid a fair price for her house, or have it come as a surprise, since Sound Transit notified her more than 10 years ago.
- The argument against transportation spending.