City Why People Who Actually Take Transit Support Light Rail
posted by September 25 at 10:11 AMon
Because currently, a ride on an “express” bus from the Rainier Valley—a route that roughly parallels the coming light rail line—means spending 50 minutes on a sweltering, overcrowded bus that runs just once an hour (got a bike? tough shit—if two people got there before you, you’re waiting another hour.) Here’s what it looks like from the inside (sorry for the crappy cell-phone photo):
Light rail, in contrast, will run every six minutes and allow bikes on board. And it’ll get to Capitol Hill in a fraction of the time it takes for the slow, crappy, stuck-in-traffic bus to chug the six miles from Rainier Beach through rush-hour traffic. This may not be obvious to people who drive to work, but having options—that is, options other than sitting in rush-hour traffic on the slow, crappy bus or even in a car—is worth paying a little more in taxes.