Last week the State Senate released their Transportation Budget and yesterday the House Released their version.
The release of this budgets has already caused quite a stir in the media.
The Seattle Times reported today, "State budget cuts could hit I-90 light rail" . The current version of the budget does not fund the state's agreed upon contribution to doing the reconfiguration of the I-90 bridge that is needed to build light rail to Mercer Island. TCC's own Bill LaBorde was stated in the Seattle Time article, "I think it is a betrayal to the voters, especially Eastside voters who are counting on the commitment to get rail."
Seattle Transit Blog has a more in depth post on the unraveling story here.
Make no mistake, the lack of state funding for R8A configuration over I-90 would be a direct blow to the light rail that Eastside voters are counting on. TCC will continue engage the Transportation Budget process and advocate for our issues. We will be releasing a coalition letter to the House and Senate Transportation Committees in the next couple of days, which I will put up on the blog.