Politics TCC: Not Up to Standard?
Yesterday, I Slogged about Transportation Choices Coalition and their list of prerequisites for the RTID/Sound Transit package.
I concluded by saying that transit purists probably wouldn’t dig the list—to willing to compromise on roads expansion!!
(I also think pro-roads republicans will frown at TCC’s list as well…because it makes too many transit demands.)
Anyway, someone who went by Mickymse posted a comment saying a lot of transit Greens weren’t too happy with TCC these days…
I posted back:
Are you down on TCC because they support Nickels’s tunnel rather than the People’s Waterfront Coalition’s no build/transit/grid fix option?
Mickymse didn’t respond, but former monorail activist and monorail staffer Michael Taylor-Judd did. He has a lot to say. If TCC members read the Slog, I’d like to hear a response.
Here’s the beginning of Taylor-Judd’s post. (To read the rest of it…click on the jump):
Well, Josh it seems to be a number of things, actually… Their stance on the tunnel is a big issue, as well as their loving embrace of Sims’s Transit Now proposal when many of us would like to see them pushing harder to get some things fixed in the proposal prior to the vote.
I can’t really speak for other people, but I can tell you that I have been meeting and speaking recently with a number of former monorail supporters, pedestrian and bicycle group folks, anti-tunnel activists, and the like. And I can say that many people are unhappy with TCC right now. I have also been recently lobbying City and County Council members on transit issues in Seattle, and I have had more than one of them ask me to start a pro-transit organization. Each time I have responded that I thought this was what TCC was formed to do… and each of them has in one way or another expressed frustration or disappointment with how that has turned out.
Personally, I think it has a lot to do with the group pursuing funding and hiring staff, which forces them to then have to work to justify continued funding and support in order to keep their jobs. This is leading them to make political compromises that some are uneasy with, created an unwillingness to rock the boat, and a stated interest in pursuing more statewide issues over local ones. And that’s not really what we need around here.
I mean, YAY, they're "at the table" on the Transit Now campaign. What good does that do us "transit purists" if they're not going to use that place to actually advocate for improvements? All it does is give electeds cover to use them as a poster child for support from transit folks. And, in case you think I'm just bitching for the hell of it... I HAVE met with them, expressed these frustrations directly, and encouraged them to meet with some of the disaffected people to talk this out. So far, I have had no calls back since our meeting, and I'm not exactly sitting by the phone waiting for them.
I think Erica gets it best, and probably has a sense of what's pissing so many other folks off:
Michael Taylor-Judd 8-)