Letter: Let’s rally against Eyman’s attack on transit

Jul 26, 2017

I want to begin by quoting King County Executive Dow Constantine celebrating Sound Transit 3's passage at the ST3 Approved Vote Press Conference on YouTube:

“To make things happen, you have to dream big. Then you have to have the grit and the determination to make those things happen. It isn't always easy. But that's exactly what we did with this campaign. We did something really difficult; Sound Transit 3 was the biggest achievement of our lifetimes.”

I agree, as a regional transit advocate. Indeed, it's difficult to bring many agendas and parochial interests into synergy.

But now Tim Eyman, with his reckless I-947, wants to undo what transit advocates have won for his ego – regardless of the traffic impact to Mukilteo's future, a future with a new commercial terminal for Paine Field inbound.

But imagine if some form of I-947 becomes law; then you will get ST3 light rail ending at Paine Field - not Everett Station. More parking will be necessary on irreplaceable Paine Field industrial land. Traffic from the airplane factories, museums, commercial terminal, Mukilteo, and now a shortened ST3 line ending at Paine Field, would only congest Paine Field more.

I hope other transit advocates take on the fight for Sound Transit the same courageous way Seattle mayoral candidate Jessyn Farrell is counterattacking I-947.

I am inspired enough to initiate a grassroots stand at the Sound Transit board meeting Thursday, July 27, with a pregame pep rally at 1 p.m. until 1:25 p.m. on the steps of Sound Transit’s headquarters, just as Farrell courageously, nobly stood up against I-947, fighting for our mobility.

I-947 is an existential threat to the almost 50 percent of commuters like myself using transit to get around the Puget Sound, and it must be courageously opposed.


Joe A. Kunzler
Skagit County
Comments (6)
Posted by: mario lotmore | Jul 27, 2017 00:41

Repeal ST3!

Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Jul 27, 2017 07:17

So you can be stuck in traffic small brain?

Posted by: mario lotmore | Jul 27, 2017 12:09

Such character.  Perhaps many others would prefer a better solution now that the wool has been removed from their eyes and the money taken from their wallets.

Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Jul 27, 2017 19:53

We had a multi-year public process as a region to come up with the BEST solution possible.  Get over it!

Posted by: Charlie Pancerzewski | Jul 30, 2017 19:05

Since you live in Skagit County you do not pay any of the cost of ST3. Easy to support something that costs others a lot of money but costs you nothing.


You have a lot of opinions about Mukilteo and its surrounds which appear weekly in the on line Beacon. I am wondering why, since you live in Sedro Woolley,

Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Aug 02, 2017 13:53



Because I spend a lot of time in Mukilteo.  I used to work part-time there.  So yes, I'm paying the sales tax portion of ST3 and Community Transit Prop 1 - and fighting very hard to improve transit services for your community & Paine Field.



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