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New Transit Authority chair named

Transit Authority Snohomish County Executive Bob Drewel has been elected chairman of the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority Board. Drewel's unanimous selection came at the board's meeting in Edmonds.
   The board also elected King County Councilmember Greg Nickels and Tacoma City Councilmember Paul Miller to serve as vice chairs. All positions are for a two-year term.
   Drewel takes on the position as the RTA Board is beginning the detailed work of crafting a new regional transit ballot proposal to submit to the voters this fall.
   The RTA's first effort, a $6.7 billion regional bus-and-rail proposal, was defeated at the polls last March.
   The RTA's timetable calls for adopting a new draft proposal in March, followed by a round of public comment and adoption of a final ballot proposal by May.
   The agency is currently circulating for public comment a hypothetical example of a transit plan that could be completed within 10 years at a cost of about $3.5 billion--nearly half the cost of the first RTA proposal.