King County Executive Dow Constantine declares victory on tolling measure

November 8, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine declared victory against Initiative 1125, Tim Eyman’s tolling initiative, as the measure led by a narrow margin statewide Tuesday night.

“I-1125 was a stealth effort to stop light rail on I-90 and delay replacement of the 520 bridge,” Constantine said in a statement. “I am grateful that so many voters saw through it and rejected it, and by an overwhelming margin in King County. Our voters, once again, said no to Tim Eyman.”

I-1125 called for the Legislature to approve tolls rather than the appointed state Transportation Commission. The initiative also aimed to prohibit different toll rates for peak commute times and to require toll revenues to be put toward projects on the road being tolled.

“King County voters are giving the green light to East Link, 520, I-405 and transportation improvements across our region,” Constantine said. “It took a broad coalition to defeat this measure, and I’m proud that King County, once again, is leading the way.”

King County voters rejected the measure, but I-1125 picked up support elsewhere in Washington.

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