With tax revenue at all-time lows—King County Metro faces a $200 million shortfall over the next two years—money for bus service is in dire straits, and Metro could end up cutting 200,000 hours of service. (Community Transit in Snohomish has already cut weekend service and Pierce County is looking at a 35 percent cut in service.)
The bill would allow local governments to add a temporary $30 "congestion relief fee" to the vehicle license fee.
The bill has nearly 30 co-sponsors. All of them are Democrats except for one, Rep. Mike Armstrong (R-12 Wenatchee), the ranking Republican on the house transportation committee. Liias, whose transit funding bill failed last year, is the vice chair. Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-41, Mercer Island), the chair of the committee, is also a co-sponsor.