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Saturday, September 18, 1993 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Rta Elects Bruce Laing As Chairman

King County Councilman Bruce Laing has been elected to a two-year term as chairman of the new Regional Transit Authority, the body charged with bringing rail transportation to King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

The authority held its first meeting yesterday in Bellevue.

Elected vice chairs were Bill Stoner, a Pierce County councilman, and Bill Brubaker, a Snohomish County councilman.

The new RTA will work on a a rail-and-bus plan prepared by the Joint Regional Planning Committee, another three-county body that has disbanded since completing its work early in the summer.

The rail-and-bus plan recommends spending $9.3 billion over the next 20 years on a rail system linking Seattle, Everett, Bellevue and Tacoma, on major improvements in bus service and on completing car-pool and van-pool lanes.

There is widespread dissatisfaction with the plan. Many argue it is too ambitious and too costly and should be developed in phases.

The RTA board's task is to refine the plan, recognizing those objections, and to recommend ways of paying for it in time to put a proposal on the ballot, probably in November, 1994.

Copyright (c) 1993 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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