Sound Transit gets a lot of guff for failing to complete its projects on time, and no doubt it will get even more when its East Link extension finally opens in 2023, two years later than originally promised to voters. But it's not all Sound Transit's fault:
The Bellevue City Council took a historic step Monday night, endorsing a route for Link light- rail trains more than four years after voters approved higher sales taxes to build three suburban lines.
It's true, Sound Transit suffered a traumatic birth, over-promising and under-delivering on its 1996 ballot measure. There were a lot of bad decisions and poor management in the agency's early years—but that was a decade and a half ago. Under CEO Joni Earl's leadership, Sound Transit has transformed itself into a model agency, routinely passing its frequent state and federal audits with flying colors (even if the press releases from former state auditor Brian Sonntag didn't always make it sound that way).
The Bellevue City Council on the other hand... well... I'd mock them for taking four years to choose a light rail route, if not for the fact that it's been a dozen years since the Nisqually quake marked the Viaduct for demolition, and yet tens of thousands of cars a day are still hazarding the crumbling roadway after a decade of political infighting here in Seattle. So, he who is without sin, and all that.