Six weeks of the legislative session are finished and now things are beginning to heat up!. Several key bills that will save transit and invest in walking and biking are gaining traction. It’s now that we need you to tune in, pay attention, and stand up to make sure that Washingtonians have an equal opportunity for prosperity.
Local options for more transportation choices
SB 5793 & HB 1898 both create an enhanced transportation benefit zone to restore some of the bus cuts Pierce Transit has already had to make. HB 1898 was passed out of House Transportation Committee on March 1st and awaits a floor vote.
SB 5773 & HB 1953 will give Community Transit a new voter-approved funding tool to restore their lost Sunday service. It was supported by business, labor, riders, and human service advocates. Both bills have passed out of their committees and await a floor vote.
SB 5861 & HB 1959 provides cities and counties with increased local funding options, and specifically helps King County Metro prevent 17% cuts next year. SB 5861 was heard yesterday in the Senate. HB 1959 was passed out of House Transportation Committee on March 1st and awaits a floor vote.
Stay tuned for an update early next week on how you can help move these bills forward.