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Tag Archives: Transportation

Washington State Supreme Court hears oral argument in legal challenge to Eyman’s I‑976

Excerpt: Appellants and respondents in Garfield County Transportation Authority, et al. v. State of Washington will field questions from the Court's nine justices.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Charting a path forward after the unexpected closure of the highly used West Seattle Bridge

Excerpt: With the West Seattle Bridge closed indefinitely, an opportunity beckons for smart planning decisions to improve West Seattle's connections to Seattle proper.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Tim Eyman’s I‑976 will remain frozen while State Supreme Court considers challenge to it

Excerpt: A panel of justices concluded that an injunction barring Initiative 976's implementation should remain in effect through the remainder of the challenge asserting it is unconstitutional.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit rebrands network for future expansions, braces for an uncertain future

Excerpt: Moving away from line names that are just colors, Puget Sound's Regional Transit Authority is going to move forward with an alphanumeric color-coded system.
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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.
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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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