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July 27, 2006

County Council Transportation Committee Approves Sims' Bus Expansion Plan

Good news for those of us who want more and better transportation choices:

King County Executive Ron Sims' 10-year, $598-million Metro bus expansion plan got a thumbs-up Wednesday from the County Council's Transportation Committee, which recommended placing the measure on the November ballot.

The proposal won't go on the ballot until the full council debates the measure. That discussion is expected in late August, said Jon Scholes, aide to Committee Chairwoman Julia Patterson.

You'd think that something as obvious and non-ideological as providing more bus service to keep pace with population growth and give folks an alternative to ever-growing traffic jams might just maybe be a non-partisan issue.

Wednesday's action came on a split partisan vote, with Democrats Patterson, Bob Ferguson and Larry Gossett favoring the recommendation and Republican committee members Reagan Dunn and Jane Hague voting against it.

But no.


Posted by Jon Stahl on July 27, 2006 at 09:24 PM in Policy | Permalink

Comments

More money for busses is good, but... Busses are awful. Seattle will export sales tax revenure to pay for busses in Shoreline, Kent and Auburn. Meanwhile, it takes half an hour to go from King St. to Mercer St. on a bus.

Posted by: Will | Jul 28, 2006 10:29:07 PM

Will-

You must not have to go to work or something. I love leaving the driving to someone else. And I get all the way from Crown Hill to downtown in under half an hour, no parking, no thinking, just crack open a book and BOOM I'm there.

I think we need more buses, more routes, more often, and that we need to give them dedicated lanes, signal priority and anything else that will make them faster and more convenient. Because we're sure as heck not going to build light rail or anything else that can go all the places we need to.

Posted by: Jon Stahl | Jul 29, 2006 8:24:22 AM

It takes as long to go from Crown Hill to Downtown as it does from Jackson to Mercer at rush hour. Not too great.

Posted by: Will | Jul 30, 2006 3:59:38 PM

There's no effective way to get from Jackson to Mercer at rush hour, bus or no bus. Except, of course, by bike. ;-)

Gotta choose the best mode of transit for the trip, my friend.

Posted by: Jon Stahl | Aug 1, 2006 7:04:29 AM

Um, car?

Too bad Seattle sucks in the downtown core when it comes to transit 'choices'.

Posted by: Will of pikeplacepolitics.com | Aug 3, 2006 2:15:36 PM

google "BRT: bus rapid transit or build roads today" and
see what the proposal will really be. Front ended with hundreds
of millions in highway lanes and freeway lanes and then a couple 3trip/day routes? Or frequent bus service coordinated with other modes of transit (park-ride, train connections, etc)

BRT can be a bait and switch. When the proposal starts with
"first build 600 million in freeway and highway lanes,
then spend a few million on buses" you have to wonder.

Posted by: jack pine savage | Sep 7, 2006 8:12:55 PM

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