The Transportation Choices Coalition is a statewide group that supports various alternative transportation programs. State Rep. Judy Clibborn is head of Washington's House Transportation Committee and has made a name for herself among TCC members by opposing several sustainable transportation ideas championed by the group. So why did Clibborn just get the nod to be the keynote speaker at the TCC's big holiday party next month?
Publicola reports today that the TCC may be trying to win over the stubborn Rep. before the next legislative session.
TCC Program Director Shefali Ranganathan, told the site:
"She's been an ally of ours on several of the things we've worked on and we hope that she will continue to be in the next legislative session."
Still, Clibborn's record includes sponsoring an amendment that would have put "Seattle-area taxpayers" on the hook for any cost overruns in the deep-bore tunnel/Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project.
She opposed a plan to put light rail on the 520 bridge and opposed bill that would have increased housing density around light rail stations.
She supported a law that would have stopped transportation funds from going to cities that didn't let limos and vanpools in transit-only road facilities.
She also opposed Mayor Mike McGinn's "road diet" plan for Nickerson Street, which changed the street to include two bike lanes and a turn lane.
Luring Clibborn under the mistletoe is perhaps especially enticing for the TCC, considering there's been talk of proposing a new tax package in the legislature that would fund transportation.
Whatever your thoughts on the TCC and transportation issues in the state, it's good to at least know that the party Clibborn will speak at is free and open to the public. It goes down Dec. 6 from 5 to 7 pm at FareStart, 700 Virginia St.