Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement on the Senate’s passage of a transportation package today:
“I am pleased that the Senate has taken an important step forward in making a new transportation package a reality.
“The inclusion of funding for the Westside of SR-520 is good news for Seattle. I am pleased by the inclusion of $5 million in initial project funding for Lander Street overcrossing, which will significantly help freight mobility in Seattle’s SODO industrial area. The multimodal funds in the proposal will also benefit Seattle as we work to provide more transportation choices for our growing population.
“While it is good news that the Senate proposal includes regional taxing authority to expand Sound Transit’s light rail system, sadly, it’s still not enough authority. I will continue to fight for the full local taxing authority requested by the region.
“I am also deeply concerned about ways in which the bill ties the hands of our efforts to address climate change. Two-thirds of Puget Sound’s air pollution comes from the tailpipes of cars, almost half of the state’s global warming pollution comes from transportation. One of the most effective policy tools used anywhere in the country to clean up transportation fuels is a clean fuels standard. And a cap on carbon could raise additional revenue while addressing one of the greatest challenges of our time. Investments in transit are critical to the City of Seattle, but they would not offset pollution reductions that would be made by a clean fuels standard. Seattle, and Washington, need both.
“As negotiations continue, I am eager to work with lawmakers and the Governor in a bipartisan, bicameral way to improve the measure and hammer out an agreement that we can all be proud of.”