News Sound Transit: Right on Both Counts
posted by March 19 at 13:12 PMon
In the current issue of the paper, I have a news blurb about Sound Transit’s lobbying effort in Olympia against a bill that would create a regional transportation commission. The commission would make decisions about and coordinate roads and transit projects. The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Seattle), says it’s a way to end the turf war between transportation agenices over transit and roads—forcing them both to think comprehensively. Says Murray: “Now, every corridor would have to consider multimodal transporation.”
The flip side, of course, is that “every corridor would have to consider multimodal transportation” … meaning: Road proponents would get their foot in the door of transit projects.
Anyway, in my blurb, I made fun of the contradiction in Sound Transit’s rap. One ST lobbyist (I’ve got the e-mail) tried to scare Democratic senators by warning, “Every member of this commission would be able to essentially veto a proposed regional plan. Imagine, if you will, [anti-transit Republicans] Luke Esser and Jim Horn as commissioners.” (Indeed, the proposed board, elected by geographic district, would give each member a veto—a key point that was left out of yesterday’s Seattle Times editorial supporting the bill.)
The contradiction turned up on the other side of the aisle, where ST was reportedly telling GOP legislators that “labor and environmentalists will run transportation in central Puget Sound.”
A key point that I left out of my news blurb was this: ST’s tailored spins—one to scare Ds and one to scare Rs—may be contradictory, but they’re both true…. which, if you ask me, is why this bill makes no sense.