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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Your New Sound Transit Board Member …

posted by on January 17 at 13:03 PM

… is, as Josh let slip below (gotta be more careful with those text messages!) Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin. Nothing’s official or confirmed yet, but numerous sources say Conlin will take over for his colleague Richard McIver, whose board position expired this year. I’ve got a call in to Conlin, the former chair of the council’s transportation committee and a member of the Puget Sound Regional Council, to see what his priorities will be on the board and whether he’ll support putting Sound Transit on the ballot this year or in 2010.

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Posted by Big Sven | January 17, 2008 1:03 PM

I think we should start thinking about considering some transit improvements somewhere around 2024.

Posted by boxofbirds | January 17, 2008 1:06 PM

Richard'll make the trains run on time - he's got a great head for numbers.

Posted by Woot! | January 17, 2008 1:06 PM

With a firm deadline of 2030 for a brainstorming session.

Posted by boxofbirds | January 17, 2008 1:09 PM

I think Richard McIver is much more aggressive than Conlin.

Posted by Touring | January 17, 2008 1:09 PM

I think Richard wants to study it for a few more decades ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 17, 2008 1:31 PM

Conlin killed the monorail - even if others are attributed. Smarty pants, and bulldog on the inside stuff.

Very pro gay - no surprise from a femme man who has most likely been insulted as if he were.

Posted by Jackie | January 17, 2008 1:32 PM

Hopefully he can get it on the ballot by 2010, so you can convince The Stranger to come out against it for not being transity enough.

Posted by Clint | January 17, 2008 2:06 PM

Oh, snap, Clint!

Posted by Stranger Ombudswoman | January 17, 2008 2:38 PM

Well, Erica, maybe you and Will in Seattle can team up on a white paper to explain to Mr. Conlin exactly where ST screwed up with Prop. 1, and exactly what they need to put on the ballot this fall.

Posted by Greg | January 17, 2008 3:33 PM

Here's a thought, from the P-I story about visiting convention moguls and their comments on our fair town:

"Other visitors picked on some Seattle sore spots. After praising the shopping and coffee, Yeen Mankin of San Francisco lamented, "You need some sort of rapid transport system in the city."

"in the city."

Not out to anywhere else. Okay, I'll grant that it's a single opinion from a single visitor. Yeah, downtown's eminently walkable - how're ya gonna get to Fremont? Or the U? or - dare I say it - Alki Beach?

Posted by chas Redmond | January 17, 2008 4:26 PM

Actually, a lot of other people said we need rapid transit in the city, not just one.

Which is why I keep pushing for doubling all forms of local transit. Every. Single. One.

Yup, including the monorail and the streetcar.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 17, 2008 4:33 PM

Will in Seattle-

What does this do to your promise back in the RTID debate that we would have a transit bill by the end of February?

Posted by Big Sven | January 17, 2008 5:42 PM

I said 2008, as I recall. I said they could do it as early as Feb 2008 (which I recommended since it's my birth month and I like having fun parties).

Now, others at the time were saying we wouldn't get anything until 2010 or 2012 ... but they were (and are) wrong.

Regardless, they're still building the ST light rail until way past 2012, so it's not that big a deal.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 17, 2008 6:05 PM

Will in Seattle-

Regardless, they're still building the ST light rail until way past 2012, so it's not that big a deal.

Ummmmm... what? I'm confused. I thought getting a good new transit bill in a timely fashion was important. Can you restate your argument more simply, and with very small words? Remember I'm from the East Side.

Posted by Big Sven | January 18, 2008 10:21 AM

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