HB 1393 – the local option – for Community Transit has a first hearing tomorrow in the House Transportation Committee for HB 1393 is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the John L. O’Brien Building, House Hearing Rm B. It’ll also be on TVW.
So if you use transit in Snohomish County or care for your Snohomish neighbors, please go here and request passage of HB 1393. If HB 1393 passes, voters in Community Transit’s service district will get to vote up or down on a 0.3 percent sales tax hike.
So where would the money going to go? Fair question:
- Swift II
- More commuter bus runs from Snohomish County to Seattle
- Extended Community Transit run service periods
- Increased bus service hours for all of Community Transit’s runs
- More service for Paine Field – provided the bus stops get built…
For Community Transit, after this June’s rebound into Sunday hours and a few route adjustments – “current forecasts indicate that any new service hours added in the next few years are likely to be taken up by schedule maintenance—adding time to current trips because their actual travel time is getting longer.” So we transit advocates can forget about Swift II, service to Paine Field – possibly in lieu of a light rail diversion, or just about anything else on a Community Transit wish list. HB 1393 – is must pass as much as, if not more than ST3.
Oh and one last thing… 1800 Hours tonight, House Republican Chairman Dan Kristainsen who represents a nice swath of Snohomish County (and my Skagit) will hold his tele town hall w/ his 39th LD seatmate Rep. Scott. Make sure to call into (360) 350-6256 at 6 PM tonight the 3rd and ask to please support HB 1393. Or you could please also go here please and request passage of HB 1393 via e-mail please.