[nfbwatlk] FW: Olympia Wrap-Up: Transit Left Hanging by a Thread

Jacob Struiksma lawnmower84 at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 22 01:29:02 CDT 2010



From: Jennifer Olegario [mailto:jennifer at transportationchoices.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 9:06 AM
To: lawnmower84 at hotmail.com
Subject: Olympia Wrap-Up: Transit Left Hanging by a Thread

 Transportation Action!



 Transportation Action

Olympia Wrap-Up: Gains Made in the Legislature but State Leaves Transit
Hanging by a Thread

The 2010 Legislative Session was an Olympic-sized roller coaster. This
session was tough because it was primarily focused on the general budget
crisis. But don't worry, all of your hard work as a dedicated TCC member did
have an impact! We were successful in creating a groundswell of awareness on
our issues and organizing our legislative supporters around transit funding
and other priorities.

Transit Funding

Thanks to the heroic efforts of some of our House champions, like Reps.
Marko Liias and Geoff Simpson, we were able to successfully pass an
emergency transit funding measure off the House floor by a wide margin.
Unfortunately, the bill didn't make it all the way to the Governor's desk,
but it was still a great show of strength for our issues. With transit
agencies facing financial free falls and nowhere else to turn for revenues,
agencies across the State are making or planning for drastic service cuts.
We're optimistic that the Senate will also step up for transit in the next
session and we'll get a long-term transit funding bill on the Governor's
desk this time next year.

Complete Streets

We had a great hearing on House Bill 2911, which would have positioned
Washington as one of the first states in the country to adopt a statewide
Complete Streets policy. With the help of Rep. Jim Moeller and Chair Judy
Clibborn, legislation easily moved out of the House Transportation
Committee. While it did not come up for a floor vote, it was a great start
to getting the conversation going on statewide Complete Streets and we're
working on putting together a funded proposal in future sessions.

Thanks for all of your hard work this session...while our gains this year
were modest, we were able to drum up awareness during this tough legislative
year and we would not have been able to do that without you!

Jennifer Olegario
Development and Outreach Associate
Transportation Choices Coalition
811 1st Avenue, Suite 626
Seattle, WA98104
Phone: 206.329.2336
Fax: 206.329.2705
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