SEATTLE – The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce today announced its official support for Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1, which would stave off cuts to King County Metro service in Seattle next year. If approved, the measure would raise about $45 million each year through an increase in the vehicle license fee and a small increase in the sales tax.
“It is critical to sustain the bus service we have now in the fastest growing city in America and I am pleased that Metro and Sound Transit are working on system integration—this will stretch our investment even further,” said Maud Daudon, the Chamber’s president and CEO.
Transit ridership has a major impact on mobility for all vehicles, including freight. About 156,000 riders use Metro in Seattle each day, taking thousands of cars off of the road. Transit service also helps hundreds of Seattle employers meet their obligations under the state’s commute trip reduction law, an advantage that factors into their location decisions.
Daudon added, “We support this as a stopgap. But Seattle cannot go this alone for long. The State needs to enable transit funding as part of a statewide package supporting our roads infrastructure. This is essential for the long term economic health of the region and the State.”
Addressing the region’s transportation needs is a top priority for the Chamber, which has worked with a statewide coalition of business, labor and environmental organizations and local governments to urge state legislators to pass a comprehensive funding solution.
About The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com.