As Seattle Transit Blog has found, Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) has proposed a bill that would allow WSDOT and/or local transit agencies to work with private vendors at Park and Rides around the State. These vendors would be things like restaurants, press, etc. I’d like to think maybe he stumbled upon this post that I made on a similar topic last year, but I’d wager to say that this is probably not the case.

This is a great idea, but what about serving the transportation spine of the state? Yes, of the state. This spine serves three of the largest job centers (someday four), and the most populated counties in the state.  Link and Sounder stations (especially the DSTT and all Sounder Stations) are ripe for vendors. Many European cities and even some in the US (See DC or San Francisco) have already taken advantage of these sorts of heavily used transit routes. It might be high time for us to also provide incentive like this to people that walk or bike to transit hubs, not just those that drive.

I’d hope that this bill is revised to include such places before  being passed into law.

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