Politics Steinbrueck Says: Stop Catering to Cars
Council Member Peter Steinbrueck addressed the 36th District Democrats last night (Ballard), making the case that there needs to be a third, surface/transit Viaduct replacement option on the ballot rather than just Nickels’s tunnel freeway option or the freeway rebuild option.
“How can we be the ‘Kyoto Protocols city’,” Steinbrueck asked, “when the single biggest transportation investment we’re making is road centric rather than transit centric?”
Indeed, the current third option—which intends to move 30,000 of the 110,000 vehicles that currently use the Viaduct to transit options—is a solution that would change our detrimental habits rather than cater to them.
“Our current thinking is antiquated,” Steinbrueck says. “It’s backwards thinking. It’s all for roads.”
Steinbrueck says he currently has 4 votes (including his own) to put a third option on the ballot: DREAMMMY Council President Nick Licata, Tom Rasmussen, and Richard Conlin.