Early returns show most voters support the $54 billion Sound Transit 3 measure.
Favorable early returns on Sound Transit 3 were a silver lining for somber bus and light-rail commuters in Seattle on Wednesday morning.
Michael Taron, a software-development engineer at Microsoft, voted in favor of the $54 billion, 25-year transportation package. Taron, who was waiting at a stop on Capitol Hill for the bus to Redmond, said the proposition is about improving Seattle for the decades to come.
“It’s the one thing I was excited about voting on on the ballot,” he said.
The measure was leading with 55 percent overall approval as of Wednesday morning. It needs a simple majority among urban voters in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties to pass.
Stephanie Zero, a Redmond librarian who doesn’t own a car, also commutes via bus — typically a 45-minute ride each way. Even if her job is no longer in Redmond by the time light rail makes its way there by 2024, she said she’s looking forward to better mobility throughout the region.
“For me, it’s totally worth the cost,” Zero said. “It doesn’t even matter where I’m working. It will help me.”
Tim Selix, who works in downtown Seattle, said his commute by bus from Lynnwood will go from about 45 minutes to 28 minutes each way when the Lynnwood Link Extension — approved by voters as part of the Sound Transit 2 package — opens in 2023.
Selix thinks growing the region’s light-rail system is a good idea.
“There’s a lot of traffic on I-5,” he said. “This gives people one more option.”