Legislation which will create public-private partnerships at many of the state’s park and ride locations was signed into law last week.
Senate Bill 5791, sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, will clear the way for local transit agencies to begin contracting with private vendors to provide services such as coffee stands, small restaurants, grocery stores and other conveniences at many of the state’s more than 270 park and ride locations.
“Not only will this idea better serve commuters, it provides an outside-the-box-method to generate new revenue without raising taxes,” Sen. Hobbs said. “I hope this is one of what will be many public-private partnerships the state undertakes in the near future.”
Under the bill, all funds collected from the program, once maintenance and operation costs are accounted for, will be deposited into the state’s multimodal transportation account. The multimodal account is a dedicated fund that goes toward transportation programs throughout the state.