Redmond Mayor and PSRC Vice President John Marchione told the Transportation Policy Board yesterday that his number one transportation priority in 2015 is a new comprehensive statewide package.
He called on the PSRC to develop a more detailed and balanced regional transportation request to the 2015 state legislature to show “how it all comes together.”
And he noted that frustration about the legislature’s inability to produce a statewide package last year, combined with doubts about progress next year, is driving consideration of a “sub-regional” alternative.
His pitch was greeted with head nods around the table.
Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci, who chairs the Board, proposed a subcommittee to develop “what a sub-regional package might look like.”
Balducci noted that the regional alternative is necessary if state leaders can’t find common ground on a statewide package.
The subcommittee is expected to be assembled quickly.
The Transportation Policy Board will spend its next two meetings working on recommendations to the legislature for the Executive Board to take up on January 22nd.
You can watch yesterday’s meeting here.