Media The Seattle Times Editorial Board Ought to Read Its Own Paper
posted by October 15 at 15:32 PMon
From yesterday’s imbecilic “no” endorsement on Prop. 1, the roads and transit ballot measure:
Seattle may deny this, but the surest way to reduce congestion on roads is to build more lanes. So says a report issued by State Auditor Brian Sonntag last week, and so says human experience. New roads help. The part of Proposition 1 that goes for roads — a 0.8 percentage point jump in car tabs and a tenth of a cent on sales tax — would actually reduce congestion.
(The editorial also argues that light rail is bad because Portland, which has light rail, still has traffic.)
From today’s Seattle Times:
If you believe the multibillion dollar roads and transit package on the November ballot would shave time off your highway commute, think again.
Commutes will be longer than they are today — even after all the work is completed by 2027, according to research by the folks who put together Proposition 1.
Things will likely get worse regardless, because a million more people are expected to be living here in 20 years. The added traffic would fill up all the new highway lanes the package would build, and then some.
Someone ought to clue them in about induced demand, too.
Oh, and guess what the Eastside-dwelling Times editorial board thinks would be a great transit solution for people in Seattle? Buses. Thanks, Seattle Times!