My Sentiments Exactly
I couldn't agree more with Danny Westneat's column in today's Seattle Times on King County Executive Ron Sims' last-minute flip-flop on Proposition 1, this fall's joint ballot measure from RTID and Sound Transit.
I also couldn't agree more with the gist of Jerry Cornfield's story in yesterday's Everett Herald -- few voters (particularly in Snohomish and Pierce counties) will be swayed by Sims' opposition (or anyone else's endorsement, for that matter).
These facts remain:
1) Our transportation infrastructure in the Puget Sound region is dilapidated, derisory and downright dangerous.
2) Most voters will decide the fate of the Roads & Transit measure based on two things alone -- how they feel about their pocketbooks on Election Day and how they think these projects might or might not affect their daily lives.
Everyone acknowledges that this plan is far from perfect. Yet, if we've learned anything about transportation policy in the Northwest it's that a perfect plan isn't possible.
What's more, a package three times this size would still only begin to address our immediate transportation needs, not to mention the demands of inevitable growth.
While I've never understood or supported the forced marriage of the RTID and ST2 plans, this plan represents the most significant investment in the future of our region in generations.
Failure to act (and failure to lead) on such an opportunity would be inexcusable.