According to a news release issued by the office of State Rep.Marko Liias, D- Edmonds, House lawmakers Friday approved an $8.9 billion transportation budget that would restore Sunday bus service for Community Transit.
The two-year proposal, House Bill 1175, includes almost $12.5 million in funding for local projects and would create 43,000 jobs statewide, said Liias, who is vice chair of the Transportation Committee
“These investments will keep kids in our community safe, restore bus service for seniors and the disabled, and put tens of thousands of people back to work across the state,” Liias said.
The budget maintains the momentum of existing projects across Washington, including the 2003 Nickel and 2005 Transportation Partnership Program packages, of which nearly 300 projects are already completed, the news release said. About $3.9 billion is provided to continue remaining projects in the next biennium.
Liias said was especially pleased to see $1.7 million in support in for Sunday Community Transit service, which was eliminated last year as part of recession-fueled budget cuts.
“Consistent transit service, including Sundays, protects everyone in our community as they need to move from home to work, or to appointments,” Liias said. “In difficult times, we are forced to cut back, but this support will make our communities stronger with good transit.”
Taking into account the diversity of transportation preferences across the state, the budget makes significant multi-modal investments, including $402 million for passenger rail, $237 for ferry terminals and vessels, $88 million for urban and rural transit, $44 million for freight rail and $11 million for Safe Routes to School and bicycle-pedestrian safety programs.
For more information, the proposed budget is available here.