News Gas Prices and Light Rail
posted by June 16 at 14:11 PMon
Pricey gas seems may result in a bigger, better light rail plan landing on the ballot this November, Mike Lindblom writes in today’s Seattle Times.
Just two months ago, the transit board’s three Snohomish County members questioned whether the agency would be ready to go back to voters this year — especially if the proposed rail line stopped at Northgate.
But now board members are talking about whether they can stretch the rail line to Lynnwood, instead of stopping it at Northgate, five miles shy of the King/Snohomish line.
Representatives from South King County also are seeking support to push the line beyond SeaTac to Federal Way.
Mass transit has always been a hard-sell in the ‘burbs, but with gas prices rising and more people crowding on to what passes for transit around here, now would be a great time to call a vote on a truly regional transit system. While housing prices are falling all across the country, houses in ‘burbs served by transit—by rail, not bus—are holding steady or increasing in value. And voting “yes” on light rail can be sold to suburban voters not as some commie plot to pry them out of their SOVs, but as a good way to protect their property values.