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April 5, 2001

County wins Vision 2020 awards

SEATTLE -- King County was a partner in several Vision 2020 awards -- including its transfer of development credits program -- handed out recently by the Puget Sound Regional Council.

The development credits project used $3.75 million in private funds to transfer 62 credits from the threatened 313-acre McCormick Forest in rural east King County into Issaquah's urban area.

Other awards went to the Auburn commuter rail station and transit center and the Flexcar program. The county contributed more than $1 million to build a bus loop around the new Sound Transit Sounder train platform, and is encouraging more retail development around the bus and train hub.

Flexcar, a public/private partnership supported by King County and the city of Seattle, allows people to share vehicles parked close to their homes or offices.

The program has more than 1,000 members. The Vision 2020 awards recognize innovative efforts by public and private organizations.


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