AN ORDINANCE relating to an agreement for joint light rail and bus operations in the downtown Seattle transit tunnel with the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority; adopting an agreement between and among King County, the city of Seattle and the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COUNTY:
SECTION 1. Findings:
A. The Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle ("Metro") constructed the downtown Seattle transit tunnel, which opened for service in 1990, to provide additional capacity for buses in downtown Seattle, and to provide for the downtown segment of a future rail system.
B. In 1994, King County assumed the rights, powers, functions and obligations of Metro, consequently all the powers and functions of Metro have been vested by state law in the legislative authority of King County.
C. The city of Seattle owns the right of way for the tunnel and downtown streets.
E. Sound Transit proposes that the tunnel be used for joint operation of transit buses and the fourteen-mile initial segment of the voter-approved Central Link light rail system (light rail). When light rail train volumes expand sufficiently, following extension of the light rail system to the north and south, the tunnel will be converted to exclusive light rail use.
F. The King County council, in Ordinanc...Click here for full text