Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times
Has damaged environment more than it will help
Editor, The Times:
The headline “Who will ride this train?” [page one, May 17] virtually stopped me in my tracks. This is a question that any rational person would expect to have been asked and answered before spending $2.6 billion and spewing out 13 years of construction-related carbon dioxide.
Speaking of which, there is not one Sound Transit official who will state that any possible reduction in automobile use will ever equal, or even offset in part, the massive carbon cost of manufacturing and constructing “this train,” which to me is an admission of abject failure if not outright fraud on the public.
The construction of this light-rail system has already created more atmospheric damage than it was allegedly designed to preclude.
— Virgil Howard, Seattle
Siphoning bus-riders a good thing
The Sunday article about Sound Transit states that it fears riders may merely switch from buses to trains. What? This is the goal of other city systems: end duplication of transport, better utilize buses, increase train use, move people more quickly — a no-brainer.
It would free new buses to concentrate on other and new routes and get more riders into the system — an upward spiral.
Sound Transit needs a sounder concept of what it is doing.
— Terry Forsyth, Friday Harbor