Publicola broke the news on Friday, later confirmed by Keep Seattle Moving, that the group has suspended signature gathering for Initiative 118. Per KSM’s blog post, the “mayor will propose a Seattle-only ballot measure to preserve Metro service in Seattle” and they “believe the City Council will support a ballot measure.” Mayor Murray has previously stated that any effort to save Seattle buses should be long-term, regional, and take into account the various taxing obligations of the city beyond transit.
We look forward to seeing the details of the proposal on Tuesday. The mayor, council, and others have all been looking at ways to preserve bus service in Seattle after King County voters rejected Proposition 1 last month.
Update 1:12pm: this post has been updated for clarity. Calling Tuesday’s announcement a “deal” is not quite correct. Whatever is announced on Tuesday will likely have to be approved by Council and then go to the voters in the fall.