METRO Briefs

Posted on July 30, 2008



Seattle to vote on $17.9B transit plan

SEATTLE — Sound Transit board members are sending a transit-only plan to voters that includes a .5 percent sales tax increase one year after a plan that combined roads and transit failed. For the full story, click here.

Highway fund may borrow from mass transit

WASHINGTON — Since a decrease in driving is rapidly depleting the Highway Trust Fund, the Secretary of Transportation has suggested that the fund borrow from the mass transit account, which has recently seen a spike in revenue, due to high gas prices. For the full story, click here.

Northern California cancels rail tax measure

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — In order to save another proposed tax that would fund a Sonoma-Marin county commuter train, the Santa Rosa City Council rejected a city sales tax that would balance next year’s budget. For the full story, click here.


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Commuter rail station named Colo. APWA 'Project of the Year'

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