Thursday, November 6, 2008

West Side Light Rail Proposal Passing

A regional transit proposal that would extend light rail service from downtown Seattle into the surrounding suburbs is passing, as votes are still being counted.

Proposition 1 would impose a sales tax increase of 0.5 percent, a nickel per $10, to pay for a plan Sound Transit estimates at $22.8 billion that would expand light rail to Bellevue, Lynnwood and Federal Way.

Here are the details.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.