Voters approve huge transportation packages, except in Issaquah

Four of five local transportation packages passed during the November election, and the one that didn’t actually won a majority of the vote. The Kitsap Transit’s ferry package passed. It will provide fast, passenger-only service from Bremerton, Kingston and Southworth to downtown Seattle. CEO of Kitsap Transit John Clauson says Bremerton will get passenger-ferry service in July of 2017. Kingston will be about a year behind Bremerton. Southworth will be about two years behind Kingston. Clauson says the trips will take about half the time of the traditional state ferries. “When you compare a 30-minute crossing to, say, I-5 coming out of Pierce County or coming south from Snohomish County, it’s a pretty pleasurable commute,” he said. This measure increases sales tax by three-tenths of 1 percent. The other sales tax measure that passed is in Lynnwood.

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