Rep. Liias looking for ways to restore transit service

Rep. Marko Liias

One of Lynnwood’s state legislators wants to help Community Transit buy back some of the service it slashed last year due to budget cuts.

The agency suspended all Sunday and holiday service in June and has been looking for state and federal funding to help restore service. Other transit agencies are facing similar money troubles, due in large part to declining sales tax revenue.

Rep. Marko Liias (D-21) says he plans to introduce legislation later this month to provide these agencies with options to help them survive the recession.

“Communities are strengthened by the availability of quality transportation choices. Transit and other options, like biking and walking, reduce pollution and congestion, helps our economy, and improves everyone’s quality of life. We must maintain committed to transit and improving our community,” Liias said.

Liias – vice chair of the House Transportation Committee — said the cuts come at a time when people are trying to use transit to save money. He predicts action will be needed this session or the ongoing effects will be devastating. It’s unclear what kind of funding options his bill would provide.

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