A smaller Seattle TBD for the November ballot

A reduced Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD), extending the existing 0.1% sales tax but not replacing the lost vehicle licence fee revenues, appears headed to the November ballot. If approved, it will fund youth ORCA and low income programs at existing levels. But Seattle will purchase much less bus service than in previous years, and …

The fight over bus lane enforcement is about cultural norms

In the past few years, we’ve seen a rise in “preemption” laws, whereby conservative states try to clip the wings of their liberal cities.  Examples in the Trump era include banning cities from increasing their minimum wage or acting as immigrant “sanctuary cities.”  Of the national preemption laws tracked by the progressive Partnership for Working …

News Roundup: Eastrail

Two big proposals from the Mayor on affordable housing: MFTE reform and more permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness The King County Council approves paid spots at some popular park-and-rides Sound Transit starts construction on the innovative I-90 light rail tracks Not good: injuries and collisions on Seattle streets are at a nine-year high Self-driving …

Floor Amendments May Block the Box for Final Approval of Bus Lane Cameras

Update 1: Y’all wanted to know why Sen. Saldaña proposed her amendment exempting transit from citations. The answer is at the bottom of the post. I promise you won’t have to click 10 times to get to it. Update 2: Sen. Saldaña has submitted a striker amendment, with the effects listed below. Update 3: Sen. …

Last Chance for Camera Enforcement Bill in Committee Wednesday

Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1793, having been revived last week and passed out of the House, now faces a showdown in the Senate Transportation Committee, where it must be heard and voted out Wednesday morning. At time of publication, the bills to be heard at the meeting were not publicly listed yet. The bill allows …

Lane Cam Bill Alive Again, Passes House

Addendum: Ryan Packer live-tweeted the floor debate. The State House voted 57-41 Monday to pass Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1793, which would allow automated camera enforcement of various traffic laws, including bus-only lanes. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D – Burien). The bill was amended in the House Transportation Committee to be …

Bus lane enforcement / pedestrian safety bill may fail

As we mentioned yesterday, HB 1793, a bill that would authorize automatic cameras to prevent bus lane cheating and blocking the box, is in danger of failing. The bill, sponsored by Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34, Seattle), would allow Seattle to install cameras that would take photos of a violator’s license plate when a driver blocks …

Two Key Climate & Transit Bills Face Wednesday Deadline

Update: Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1110 passed 53-43-0-2 this evening after 9 amendments and hours of debate. It now goes to the Senate, where it faces an even tougher audience. 5:00 Wednesday is the deadline for bills to get voted out of their original chamber. Second Substitute House Bill 1110, which would bring Washington …

27 Multi-Modal/Climate Bills Survive Transportation Committees

Friday was the deadline for bills in Olympia to get out of the fiscal committees. Now, all the survivors have to get through their chamber’s Rules Committee, and get passed on 2nd/3rd reading on their chamber’s floor, by 5 pm on Wednesday, March 13. The extremely user-friendly state legislative website lists bills that have made …

Balducci working on countywide transit funding package

King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci has started work on a potential countywide, dedicated transit funding package to augment or replace the Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD.) That tax package, which is comprised of a sales tax increase and car tab fee, is set to expire at the end of 2020. Balducci says that the funding …

Four Bills Aim to Clear Unauthorized Cars Out of HOV and Bus-Only Lanes

Video courtesy Rooted in Rights Update: The two automated camera enforcement bills are scheduled for hearings next week. Senate Bill 5789 will be heard Monday at 3:30 pm. House Bill 1793 will be heard Thursday, February 14 at 3:30 pm. Four bills were introduced last week — two pairs of identical “companion” bills – to …

Might O’Ban’s Antics Jeopardize Ferry Funding in His District?

Sen. Steve O’Ban (R – University Place) has been on the warpath against Sound Transit, prime sponsoring a series of Eymanesque bills. Substitute Senate Bill 5001, as reported on at length on this blog, would replace the Sound Transit Board with a directly-elected board, gerrymandered so as to get an anti-transit majority on the board. …