Larry Lange at the

A state legislative committee Wednesday proposed lowering the height of a proposed new 520 Bridge and outlined more ways for Seattle to push for changes in the bridge design.

But an amended version of Senate Bill 6392, adopted by the House Transportation Committee, did not commit the state to reserving two of its lanes only for transit, as some in Seattle have asked. And the measure says the bridge must be done and open by 2014 as planned, whatever changes are made. ...

The amended bill calls for one working group to suggest alternative transit connections in a report by Oct. 1 and make transit-financing recommendations by Dec. 31.