Sound Transit spent nearly $1 million dollars celebrating the March opening of two new light-rail stations. Read Mike Lindblom’s story at the Seattle Times.

“It’s as though they’re dealing with play money,” said Smarter Transit co-founder Maggie Fimia, whose group opposes the regional light-rail plan. The organization gathered cost breakdowns for Sound Transit’s party through a state open-records act request.

“Supposedly the riders are there. That’s why they built these stations, that’s why they build light rail,” Fimia said. “So you actually have to throw a big party to get them to show up? It doesn’t make sense.”