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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I Don’t Know What to Make of this Sound Transit Bill. And My Phone isn’t Working.

posted by on January 30 at 16:07 PM

Today is turning into a bit of a wash for me. My phone isn’t working. (I can receive calls, but I can’t make them. And no one is calling me.)

So, I’m having a hard time doing any follow up on the parade of bills that are in play, like this bill that Seattle Transit Blog is crooning about.

The bill would give new MVET authority to regional transit authorities. It sounds good. And I do think the pro-transit crowd needs to go on the offensive rather than sitting back and reacting to tricky bills like this one from the transportation chair, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-10, Camano Island). But, for example, in concert with Haugen’s bill—which remakes Sound Transit into a general transportation agency—this bill, it seems to me, could end up funneling transit money to roads.

Until I can do some reporting on this one, I’m going to reserve judgment. The details and the convoluted politics in any bill involving Sound Transit are hard to figure at a first glance. ST is about as polarizing as Hillary Clinton, and ulterior motives lurk!

…My phone is ringing. It’s either T-Mobile calling to tell me (again) that I haven’t paid my bill…or a call from Dino Rossi explaining how global warming can be addressed through the power of prayer…

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I'm not sure what you think is wrong with this bill. 90% of it is removing RTID, and Section 1 just affirms that Sound Transit is delivering projects and that they do need the funding sources they were designed in the first place to have.

Posted by Ben Schiendelman | January 30, 2008 4:20 PM

Links look broken. They go to wikipedia.

Posted by Max | January 30, 2008 4:22 PM

...and your links are broken.

Posted by Ben Schiendelman | January 30, 2008 4:24 PM

Today is turning into a bit of a wash for me. My phone isn't working. (I can receive calls, but I can't make them. And no one is calling me.)

Samsung t619? Happens to me too sometimes.

Posted by JMR | January 30, 2008 4:27 PM

Very very bad links.

So long as RTID has a stake driven thru it's heart and it's head cut off, I'm cool with ST2.1 in November.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 30, 2008 4:39 PM

Didja know that if you pay your bill on time, you can make out-going calls?

Posted by GW2 | January 30, 2008 4:39 PM

@5: What, not February?

Posted by Greg | January 30, 2008 4:50 PM

Josh, the intent of the bill seems pretty straightforward--regional taxation for high capacity transportation. i suppose roads could fit under that, but i don't think it is being contemplated here.

Posted by RobCrowe | January 30, 2008 4:53 PM

Yeah this bill, HB3311 explicitly destroys RTID.

Posted by Andrew | January 30, 2008 5:17 PM

Thanks, Andrew.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 30, 2008 5:22 PM

Can you pay your phone bill through the power of prayer? SIGN ME UP JESUS!

Posted by Paul | January 30, 2008 6:52 PM

You are an think you call yourself a reporter. HA

Posted by Johnny | January 30, 2008 9:50 PM


Posted by sarah | January 30, 2008 9:56 PM

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