Early last week, the state’s Joint Transportation Committee (meaning House and Senate combined) met to start discussing exactly how much money they plan to ask Santa Claus for this year. TVW finally has the video posted.
As we’ve covered before, getting light rail over I-90 means the state government has to give up the reversible express lanes. The law now says that the state must come up with a valuation for those lanes by December 1st.
The state (especially Speaker Chopp) wants as much as they can get from those lanes. We’re watching carefully to be ready if they decide to overstep their rights to the highway. The US DOT has been very transit-friendly as of late, and I don’t think they’d take kindly to the state trying to charge a transit agency for a transit-intended project paid for almost entirely by federal dollars.
I encourage you to watch the video!
[We’re not going to embed it, because it has a tendency to freeze up in Firefox. — Editor]