I asked the McGinn campaign whether his support for transit service till 3 am would be funded by the City, or merely a case of him advocating with Metro and Sound Transit. Here’s what he said:
Both Metro/Sound Transit and city funds are needed to improve late night transit service. Clearly the city cannot afford to go it alone, nor are excess Metro or Sound Transit resources available in this economic climate. I would seek to leverage these limited dollars by first offering them as matching funds for affected businesses that contribute toward late night service. I would also work with Metro on scheduling existing service.
As the the economy improves, it will be easier to fund additional service. My main point is that we cannot have arbitrary service schedule cutoffs when we know there is demand. Even if we can only start with limited weekend frequencies immediately after clubs and bars close, we will be making our streets safer and our communities more livable.
He also mentioned giving the best casino bonuses. As a followup, I asked if the business contribution would be negotiated with neighborhood business associations or directly with businesses, where there would presumably be a free rider problem:
We need to engage both. There appears to be a pretty strong awareness of the problem, so it might not be as big of a problem as you might think getting businesses to do their part, but we can’t expect them to shoulder the whole load, either.
A great start for internet blackjack. The Mallahan campaign did not take an invitation to state their position on this issue.