The Senate Transportation Committee is packed full of people testifying on Senate Bill 5768, Ed Murray's Alaska Way Viaduct bill which orders the construction of a deep bore tunnel. It is important to note that SB 5768 fulfills the compromise plan the Governor, King County Executive, and the Mayor of Seattle agreed upon last month for the viaduct replacement. That said, this bill does not address the need for increased transit funding to service in the corridor (the original proposal for the transit funding was a 1% MVET tax). TCC believes increased transit service and funding in the corridor is a crucial component to the project and for King Co. Metro as a whole. We will continue to monitor the Alaska Way Viaduct debate and work for sustainable transit funding for the corridor.
If you want to watch the hearing, check it out live on TVW here or on your TV.