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An unbroken chain of light rail is going to connect Seattle and Tacoma by the year 2030, if all goes according to Sound Transit leaders' plans. 

They're meeting with residents in Tacoma and Federal Way this week to discuss a crucial, final link in that route.

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Sound Transit board members on Thursday met for the first time since anger erupted over a spike in car tabs tied to the transportation upgrades. 

Transit officials largely defended their formula for calculating the fees, which residents have criticized for inflating the values of vehicles.

A Sound Transit train passes over a Sound Transit bus in Seattle.
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Voters have passed a $54 billion proposal that will expand mass transit across King, Pierce and Snohomish counties over the next 25 years.

As of 11 p.m., early numbers had the ballot measure known as Sound Transit 3 winning 55 percent to 45 percent. It's enjoying large support in King County, with 59 percent voting in favor and 41 percent voting against. In Snohomish County, it was winning by a slimmer margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.

Pierce County voters are rejecting the measure, though. The vote there was 56 percent against, and 44 percent in favor.

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King County Executive Dow Constantine used his State of the County address to make a pitch for a massive expansion of public transportation. A $27-billion-dollar Sound Transit 3 tax proposal is on this fall’s ballot. Under the proposal, light rail would extend to Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and, eventually, run from Everett to Tacoma. The completion date would be 25 years from now.

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(This story has been updated to include recently released data showing the number of hours an average Seattle commuter spent stuck in traffic in 2015..)

The average Seattle-area commuter wasted 66 hours stuck in traffic last year, according to the traffic data firm Inrix. Now, a group of the region’s major companies is trying to unclog our streets as part of a broader push to improve the quality of life around the Puget Sound region.