Ed Murray: A Letter of His Own
posted by December 2 at 19:20 PMon
While Rep. Frank Chopp is busy lining up a new House transportation chair who will follow his lead on a Viaduct rebuild and busy getting the rest of the House membership to sign onto a letter supporting the rebuild , outgoing chair, Rep. Ed Murray (Murray moves to the state Senate in January) fired off a letter to WashDOT and SDOT saying it’s time to look at the boulevard surface option.
And while Murray may be leaving the House, word is that his opinion matters there.
From today’s Seattle Times article:
House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam, said that although Murray is leaving the House, his views still carry weight there.
She said most members of the House Democratic caucus oppose replacing the viaduct with a tunnel. Talk of a surface route is just emerging, she said.
“For people who think maybe they won’t get the tunnel and they still don’t want the viaduct, they’re going to try to find an alternative,” Kessler said.
Kessler’s quote also confirms what PWC leader Cary Moon has been saying all along: While the expensive tunnel option and the butt-ugly rebuild option (two options that accommodate our destructive addiction to excessive car use) duke it out, the surface boulevard option may emerge as the default solution.
While I’d certainly rather see our elected leaders choose the surface boulevard option because they actually get that it’s the wisest choice, it’d be kind of cool otherwise—just to see a political underdog and busy mom like Cary Moon completely school the well-oiled Nickels machine and the condescending planners in Olympia.