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Senator Murray Applauds Court Ruling Upholding Provision to Restore Metro Bus Service to UW, Mariners, Seahawks

Jun 14 2011

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses lower court’s effort to block provision restoring Metro bus service to sporting events

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded a decision issued by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals overturning a lower court that effectively blocked legislation, authored by Murray, restoring the ability for King County Metro to provide service to a number of major sporting and special events. After a Bush administration rule resulted in the elimination of Metro service to these events and imposed more costly service provided by private carriers on fans, Senator Murray included a provision in the 2010 Senate Transportation Appropriations bill to exempt King County Metro from these restrictions. Despite passing both chambers of congress and being signed into law by the President, the Murray provision was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned this ruling, stating that Senator Murray’s legislation was constitutional and that efforts to provide efficient and affordable transportation to sporting events aligned with legitimate governmental goals.

“This ruling is great news for Seattle sports fans. Providing affordable and efficient transportation will help support our local sports teams, bolster the local economy, and decrease traffic congestion in the city and surrounding areas,” said Senator Murray. “I introduced this provision because the private charters just couldn’t get the job done. I went to bat for fans and event-goers to do what was in the public interest and with today’s ruling, metro bus service to Mariners games and many other sporting events around Seattle will finally be restored.”   

The inclusion of the Murray provision in the 2010 Senate Transportation Appropriations bill was in direct response to complaints from area fans and event organizers who found that the 2008 Bush Administration rule resulted in drastically increased prices, inconvenient service and delays, traffic congestion, and an inability to accommodate handicapped passengers.