News ST Board Meeting: Nickels is the New Chair. Light Rail 2008 in Play.
posted by December 13 at 16:41 PMon
Today’s Sound Transit Board meeting immediately jumped into a discussion about when and why Sound Transit should go back the voters in ‘08.
Staff, along with its consultant Anne Fennessy of Cocker Fennessy, made a presentation to the board, based on a three-county survey they did. Over 2100 people filled out an on-line survey—the majority coming in from King County.
The findings sure seemed lined up to make the case that Sound Transit should go back to voters in ‘08.
Some findings they hyped:
Asked when a transportation measure should be presented to voters— 2008 was the huge winner. 64% said a transit only measure should go before voters in 2008. (43% said a roads only measure should go before voters in ‘08.)
Asked what made Prop. 1 lose—47% of those surveyed said roads and transit should have been separate measures. (The largest block, 48% said it cost too much.)
I should add: 31% said a joint measure should go before voters in 2008. However, 27%—the second biggest percentage on that idea—said no joint measure.
The theme from staff: Prop 1’s loss was not a rejection of transit, but rejection of the package.
A couple of footnotes on the meeting:
1) Board member and King County Executive Ron Sims warned the board to make sure they kept the governor and legislative leaders in the loop. “There shouldn’t be an appearance of moving forward without engaging government leaders.” This was pretty funny given that Sims totally left people like Governor Gregoire out of the loop earlier this year before he came out against Prop. 1.