“Critical level of frustration” on state transportation funding spurs regional focus

The PSRC’s Executive Board has directed the agency to support preparation of a potential Sound Transit 3 ballot measure in 2016.

Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci

Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci says the region needs “a plan C or D” if the state legislature can’t find new funding for transportation

The Board also tasked the Transportation Policy Board with developing a recommendation on a potential regional alternative to a comprehensive statewide transportation package, should the state legislature fall short again in 2015.

Noting a “critical level of frustration on transportation funding,” Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci said “the region needs to be prepared if the state won’t move on transportation.”

“We’re getting to a crisis in Snohomish County,” said Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, who emphasized light rail’s importance to the future of the state largest manufacturing center – centered at Boeing’s growing assembly plants at Paine Field.

“We need to move ST3 to a vote in 2016,” Stephanson said.

Later yesterday, Sound Transit’s board held a workshop to consider next steps toward a 2016 ballot measure.

Over the next two months Sound Transit will make key decisions on moving toward a 2016 ballot, which would require new tools approved by the state legislature to proceed.

The PSRC’s Transportation Policy Board, led by Mayor Balducci, will begin consideration of next steps for the 2015 legislature on November 13th.

You can watch yesterday’s PSRC Executive Board meeting here.

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