in 1968, the first Forward Thrust transit vote got 50.8% of the vote, but failed to get the 60% needed to pass. It was voted on again in 1970, but it got only 46% of the vote that year. The vote came at the height of the Boeing bust, and voters were worried about the local economy and didn’t want to approve new taxes, even though the Federal Government was going to pay $880 million of the rapid transit system’s $1.3 billion price tag. The one that got away…
- Oran has great video (above) of Orca
being usedusable in Washington State Ferry fare turnstiles.
- Community Transit unveiled its first Swift BRT station at its base in Everett. (H/T to Erik)
- Is the Seattle Times actually in favor of something, anything around light rail? It’s hard to tell but I think so.
- Fred Jarrett, who is running for King County Exec against Larry Phillips, Ross Hunter, Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison, is apparently is in favor of removing 40/40/20, the rule that dictates that new Metro bus service is split 40% for the Eastside, 40% for South King County and 20% for Seattle and Shoreline. Metro is in such a budget bind today that won’t have much effect in the short term, but getting rid of that rule could provide buses in need-based formula in the long term. Along with Phillips and Constantine, three of the candidates I know support some alteration to 40/40/20.