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Today, light rail will begin regular test runs with buses in the tunnel ; there's less than two months to go before you can ride

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Trains in the Tunnel, Money in Metro Couch Cushions, and No Love From the Governor

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Today, light rail will begin regular test runs with buses in the tunnel; there's less than two months to go before you can ride them through instead of just watching. Yesterday, we learned that Metro found $105 million in its couch cushions, which should help it avoid some of the service cuts that were anticipated.

Unfortunately, though, Christine Gregoire won't let King County voters vote on car tabs to fund more buses. She says there's already a mechanism for doing it, though thanks to the unwieldy size of King County, that mechanism involves about 400 municipal governments. Sayeth the law: "The interlocal agreement is effective when approved by the county and sixty percent of the cities representing seventy-five percent of the population of the cities within the county in which the countywide fee is collected." After issuing the veto, Gregoire high-fived Tim Eyman.

Meanwhile, in a Seattle Transit Blog comment thread, Rep. Deb Eddy disagrees with the veto but says we should go easy on the Governor, who's spent most of her adult life in relatively transit-empty Olympia, and thus might not appreciate the value of transit.

And now, a bus and a train in the tunnel!:

 
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