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Washington Senate Transportation Tour Adds Stop in Tri-Cities

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - More people in Washington will have the chance to be heard now that Senator Curtis King of Yakima has added three locations to the Senate's statewide transportation feedback tour. 

King says the additional stops in the Tri-Cities, Seattle, and Bellingham stem from an overwhelming public response to a series of public forums on potential transportation reforms and revenue.

"So many people were interested in attending that we had to add a few more to accommodate the overflow," King said. "It's a good day in state government when there are so many people interested in participating that you have to increase the number of meetings."

Last month King delivered a letter to state Department of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson requesting the agency's cooperation in coordinating a series of public meetings. King's original list of suggested locations included Seattle and Tri-Cities, but WSDOT opted instead to hold the forums in Bellevue and Yakima.

King says it's important to hear from as many individual members of the public as possible.

"One thing that's important to us is hearing from the commuter, the bus rider or the ferry passenger," King said. "We hear from transportation-related organizations in Olympia all the time; many of them even have their own lobbyists, which is why it's sometimes necessary to reach out to the individual whose voice may be drowned out by larger, more vocal interest groups."

Here's the new list of dates and locations:


  • Sept. 17 - Bellevue (Northwest Region) 6-9 p.m.


  Stevenson Elementary School, 14220 NE 8th St., Bellevue, WA 


  • Sept. 18 - Everett (Northwest Region) 6-9 p.m. 


Snohomish County, Robert Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., 1st floor, Everett, WA 


  • Sept. 23 - Wenatchee (North Central Region) 6-9 p.m.


Chelan County PUD Auditorium, 327 N Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, WA 


  • Sept. 24 - Yakima (South Central Region) 6-9 p.m.


Yakima Area Arboretum, Garden View Rm., 1401 Arboretum Dr., Yakima, WA 


  • Sept. 26 - Tri-Cities 6-9 p.m.


Columbia Basin College, Gjerde Center, 2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, WA 


  • Oct. 2 - Spokane (Eastern Region) 6-9 p.m.


Greater Spokane Inc., 801 W. Riverside, Spokane, WA 


  • Oct. 7 - Vancouver (Southwest Region) 6-9 p.m.


Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, 901 C St., Vancouver, WA 


  • Oct. 9 - Tacoma (Olympic Region) 6-9 p.m.


Evergreen Tacoma Campus, Lyceum Hall, 1210 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 


  • Oct. 14 - Seattle 6-9 p.m.


King County Courthouse, Room 1001, 516 3rd Avenue, 10th Floor , Seattle, WA 


  • Oct. 15 - Bellingham 6-9 p.m.


Port of Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 

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