[UPDATE: Ungratefully, I’ve already managed to take for granted successful negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union to accept a labor cost freeze that saves 130,000 hours a year of bus service. So make that three accomplishments.]
It’s time to recognize the quiet accomplishments of County Executive Dow Constantine. In his short time in office, he’s had
two three significant transit-related political achievements: unanimous adoption of Metro’s new service allocation guidance, which banished the hated 40/40/20 rule; and a 7-2 vote in favor of a temporary tax increase to maintain Metro’s service level, avoiding potential failure at the ballot box and buying time for a long-term solution. For good measure, he also threw in elimination of the Ride Free Area, about which many transit reformers are cautiously optimistic.
To not only achieve these things, but obtain broad consensus for them, is a significant political achievement. The next battle will be in Olympia, and here’s hoping he’s able to match his local success there.