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Another loss for Tim Eyman: Judge rules injunction against I‑976 shall remain in place

Excerpt: The disgraced initiative promoter turned Republican gubernatorial candidate has suffered another defeat in court as the legal battle against his anti-transit initiative continues.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 fallout: Metro abandons August levy proposal; transit agencies reduce service

Excerpt: Metro's March 2020 service restructure will go ahead, amidst short-term cuts to service due to COVID-19 and the economic calamity the pandemic has brought about.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Judge Marshall Ferguson keeps I‑976 on ice while Tim Eyman pretends it’s taking effect

Excerpt: Tim Eyman, who remains furious that I-976 has not been implemented, sent out an email triumphantly -- and falsely -- proclaiming that I-976 had taken effect.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit considers delivering NE 130th light rail station years ahead of schedule

Excerpt: Sound Transit is poised to move up the timetable for completion of a crucial "infill" light rail station in North Seattle by several years.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Senate adopts legislation permitting Seattle to keep intersections clear with safety cams

Excerpt: The Washington State Senate has approved a bill that would allow the City of Seattle to enforce prohibitions against "blocking the box" by motorists at highly congested intersections using automated traffic safety cameras.
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State Supreme Court: Sound Transit’s motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) is constitutional

Excerpt: The Washington State Legislature did not violate Article II, Section 37 of the Constitution when it granted Sound Transit new revenue authority in 2015, the Court has decided.
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Lawsuit against I‑976 to continue as judge rejects most claims of unconstitutionality

Excerpt: Judge Marshall Ferguson has rejected most of the constitutional claims against Tim Eyman's incredibly destructive I-976, but not all. The Supreme Court will have the final word.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s beloved Mount Rainier National Park is inaccessible due to washed out roads

Excerpt: It isn't possible to visit Mount Rainier right now and access to the park may take weeks or even months to be restored.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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King County Metro moves towards zero-emissions fleet with big electric bus purchase

Excerpt: The region's largest transit agency has placed an order with New Flyer to buy hundreds of new buses that don't have tailpipes.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Diverting sales tax revenue from vehicle sales will not get us beyond I‑976, Republicans

Excerpt: Curtis King and his colleagues are nonsensically proposing to backfill lost vehicle fee revenue with another revenue source that I-976 targeted for repeal.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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FYI: Sound Transit’s Connect 2020 project will interrupt normal Link light rail service

Excerpt: Get an overview of service reductions and interruptions to Link light rail service that are necessary to allow East Link tracks to be joined to the existing mainline.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Ho, ho, ho! Sound Transit’s Federal Way Link gets fiscal boost from the federal government

Excerpt: A $790 million federal grant and $629 million low interest loan have arrived to support the Puget Sound region's efforts to expand light rail into South King County.
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Sound Transit’s general counsel concludes that Tim Eyman’s I‑976 won’t affect ST3

Excerpt: The disgraced initiative promoter intended to gut Sound Transit like a pig with Initiative 976, but due to his incompetence, it appears the measure won't adversely affect Sound Transit at all.
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Tax cuts mean big service cuts: Tim Eyman’s I‑976 would hit small, rural communities hard

Excerpt: Towns and sparsely populated counties far away from Seattle stand to lose the most if a measure aimed at slashing vehicle fees is implemented.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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