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Extra Fizz: Transit Grant Money Restored in State House Budget

By Erica C. Barnett February 24, 2010

The state house has restored $14 million in funding for the regional mobility grant program, which pays for transit in Washington State.

As we reported yesterday, the state senate's transportation budget stripped that money from the program, raiding it to pay for auto ferries. (The money was channeled into bike and pedestrian programs, which were subsequently raided for ferry funding). Reps. Judy Clibborn (D-41), head of the House transportation committee, Marko Liias (D-21), the committee's vice-chair, and Mary Lou Dickerson (D-36) headed up the effort.

Just one percent of the state's transportation budget currently pays for transit programs; the $14 million reduction would have reduced that small fraction even further.
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