Letter: Let’s expand highway system, not public transit

Apr 26, 2017

The letter our clever senator, Marco Liias, wrote to your paper last week (“My amendment sought true taxpayer accountability,” April 19) managed to murky his true intentions that have not changed since I first talked to him several years ago.

He made it quite clear then that it remains his task to support legislation that will force us, brute if necessary, out of our cars and onto public transportation. That means no new road lanes, no congestion relief, and taxes, fees and controls that will make driving your car on our roads – that you paid for – painfully cost prohibitive. If that is what you want, then continue to vote politicians like him into office.

Our family has never depended on public transportation, and we never will – period. We refuse to let some one-size-fits-all bureaucrat or politician determine how, where or when we travel about. If we need to get someplace and Liias makes driving prohibitive, I'll ride a bike, run, walk or crawl to my destination before I depend on the bane of public transportation.

Besides, why anyone in their right mind would spend billions on a 19th-century technology that a mere three percent of the population will ever use is beyond our comprehension. But, then, Liias is a politician.

Given Sound Transit’s record to date in building a transit system on budget and on schedule, odds of it reaching Everett in our lifetime are bleak, at best. They have no accountability to the people, their latest tab fee debacle borders on malfeasance, and they clearly deceived the public in order to pass the funding ballot measure.

Come election time, our family will vote for candidates that favor traffic congestion relief by expanding our highway system. That is what made and continues to make America great.

The advent of new technologies currently on the horizon intends to make traveling about much more convenient, and safer. The light rail monument that the political ideologues have decided for us made sense a century ago, but it has long passed its usefulness.

Let a free people move themselves about and use the money taken from them sensibly by expanding our highway system. Please stop wasting our money on light-rail boondoggles that became obsolete eons ago.

 

Terrill Cox
Mukilteo
Comments (2)
Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Apr 26, 2017 14:03

Terrill;

#1. So you want to build more highways which just leads to more congestion?

#2. "We refuse to let some one-size-fits-all bureaucrat or politician determine how, where or when we travel about."  Nobody is trying to take your car away from you, but not everybody can or should be driving.

#3. "Why anyone in their right mind would spend billions on a 19th-century technology that a mere three percent of the population will ever use is beyond our comprehension."  Subway came AFTER the car.

#4. "Sound Transit’s record to date in building a transit system on budget and on schedule, odds of it reaching Everett in our lifetime are bleak, at best. They have no accountability to the people, their latest tab fee debacle borders on malfeasance, and they clearly deceived the public in order to pass the funding ballot measure."  Terrill, ST3 is over.  GET OVER IT!

#5. "Come election time, our family will vote for candidates that favor traffic congestion relief by expanding our highway system. That is what made and continues to make America great."  Oh so you're a Trump Fanboy.  We get it - majority of a minority.

#6. "The advent of new technologies currently on the horizon intends to make traveling about much more convenient, and safer."  Automated vehicles are a long ways away and flying Ubers will require many technological and regulatory advances.

#7. "The light rail monument that the political ideologues have decided for us made sense a century ago, but it has long passed its usefulness. ... Please stop wasting our money on light-rail boondoggles that became obsolete eons ago."  Uh why did ST3 win the vote?  Get over it.



Posted by: Patti McBride | May 02, 2017 06:32

Some of us are stuck in the past, and believe that living in an increasingly crowded urban corridor does not justify alternate modes of transportation. I would like to know how more pavement can be added around Seattle when two bodies of water constrict expansion in this area. I would like to know how people without cars are supposed to get around.  I would like to know how emissions from more cars on expanded highways is good for the environment.  I took the bus to work in Seattle for 13 years and saw firsthand the City grapple with trying to make traffic less congested with the existing infrastructure in place.  There is no place to expand the highway system!  For that matter, we travel frequently up and down I-5 and other major highway systems in Washington and I can't think of any area where highway expansion would be feasible.  Sometimes, we need to put politics aside and think about the greater good if we want to live in this area.  At this point, it doesn't appear people will stop moving into Western Washington.



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