What we’ve missed:
- Metro’s Regional Transit Task Force has recommended scrapping 40/40/20 — a policy that allocates new bus service disproportionately away from Seattle toward generally less efficient suburban service — reports PubliCola.
- Seattle car tabs will cost $20 more beginning next May. The funds will be dedicated to transportation projects.
- The Obama administration has released more funds for high-speed rail. $27 million will go to King Street and Tukwila Stations. Will future money be appropriated under a GOP Congress?
- Have you noticed that Verizon is sponsoring some ads on our site? This weekend’s Verizon Urban Challenge is a real life puzzle/explorer game — sort of like The Amazing Race. Apparently, a few of the elements in the game acknowledge Seattle’s public transit system. A two-person team can win up to $3,000 and some new phones.
- “Some unfortunate soul peed and pooped on the train, and it was not a little accident.”
- The ATU (bus operators union) and county likely to end up in arbitration — a process that’ll likely favor union interests compared to a process without arbitration. The ATU is one of two county labor groups who has so far refused to give up a raise for next year.
- Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl gave money to Patty Murray’s re-election campaign. Have you mailed in your ballot yet?
- Buy a used Metro bus for less than $10k. (h/t cookieguru.)
- The New York Times has an excellent photo gallery that covers the last century of New York City subways.
- A Ferris wheel is planned for the waterfront.
- The Market Urbanism blog is worth subscribing to.
This is an open thread.