We wanted more from Marine | Letter

Oct 23, 2013

Editor, The Beacon:

Much has been said and written about the mayoral race this year. A particular point now being made is the fine job Mayor Joe Marine has done as an advocate for the city of Mukilteo.

While that may be true in some instances, in the area of public transportation quite the opposite is the case.

In 2011 Community Transit was faced with implementing 25 percent service cuts. An online survey was put up on their website offering different choices.

After the survey was complete, Community Transit came up with their own plan which they dubbed the “Hybrid Alternative.” Particularly hard hit was the 417 commuter run from the ferry dock up the Speedway onto I-5 to downtown Seattle.

The “Hybrid Alternative” had the 417 running from the Speedway to Highway 99 to Lynnwood and finally to I-5 and downtown.

Predictably, this added so much time to the route that almost everyone found alternatives, all of which (with the exception of the intermittently out-of-service Sounder train) involve driving out of Mukilteo to find buses that go directly downtown.

Upon learning of the coming implementation of the “Hybrid Alternative” in August of 2011, my wife and I wrote a letter of extreme concern to Community Transit, The Beacon and more importantly, Mayor Joe Marine, a member of the Community Transit Board.

Although the letter was printed in The Beacon, we received no response from Marine. Nothing. A fellow rider left a lengthy phone message with the mayor’s office. He received no response. Nothing.

When the change was etched in stone, it was noted in the Sept. 2, 2011 edition of The Herald that “Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine, a member of the board, said many of his constituents objected to the change. He voted against the hybrid alternative.” And that was that.

Having heard nothing from the mayor, I can only surmise that this was the extent of his advocacy for the city of Mukilteo, and it points to indifference or certainly ineffectiveness on the part of the mayor.

The upshot is that despite the claims of best places to live, Mukilteo has no direct commuter bus service to Seattle.

The extended commuting time has adversely affected the lives of many people who reside in Mukilteo but work in Seattle where they earn the money that pays the taxes that pays the salaries of our elected representatives.

More time spent commuting means less time with family and frequenting local businesses.

We should at least have the courtesy of a reply from our full-time mayor to our letters and phone calls.

Carl Clark,

Mukilteo

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