Senate leaders 'listening tour' on transportation issues set

Staff writerAugust 28, 2013 

State Senate leaders have announced the details of a "listening tour" that will collect public input on transportation needs.

The idea came from fiscal conservatives who blocked a transportation tax-and-fee proposal this year and are demanding reforms to the way money is spent. But the traveling road show is bipartisan. 

It's led by Tracey Eide, a Des Moines Democrat who helped push for the failed revenue package, and Curtis King, a Yakima Republican who's part of the Senate majority coalition that blocked it. 

The series of 6 p.m.-9 p.m. forums wraps up Oct. 9 at the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, Lyceum Hall, 1210 6th Avenue. Other dates are Sept. 17 in Bellevue, Sept. 18 in Everett, Sept. 23 in Wenatchee, Sept. 24 in Yakima, Oct. 2 in Spokane and Oct. 7 in Vancouver. None are in Seattle, the state's largest city.

Senators said the tour would feature presentations from regional transportation officials. 

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