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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Transportation: sounding off on street crews, buses and light rail

Crunican doesn’t compare to previous city engineers

The Times article on street crews [“Curb crew blunders mean heat for Nickels,” page one, July 14] reported, “Drago has been a reliable Crunican supporter and credited her Monday with outshining her predecessors on big projects.”

A more ridiculous and utterly stupid assertion is hard to imagine.

No professional engineer in Washington state, let alone King County, would dare to suggest Grace Crunican, with a long trail of engineering blunders, can hold a candle to the likes of R.H. Thompson, Roy W. Morse or Eugene Avery, past city engineers with enormous talents and concomitant citywide engineering and management success stories.

It is hard to imagine Crunican can hold a sputtering candle to these hugely successful past city engineers — let alone “outshine” them.

Please!

— Christopher V. Brown, Seattle

Holiday bus schedule more than just inconvenience

The holiday bus issue is far more serious than simply holiday bus fares, as reported in The Times [“Fourth of July bus fare unfair?” NW Monday, Bumper to Bumper, July 13]. It’s also holiday bus schedules on a working day.

My ESL students rely on buses to get to weekday jobs. Friday for them was a normal working day. But where was their normal working bus to take them to work? They told me they were in big trouble trying to get to their jobs that Friday.

Metro is “public transit.” The public’s needs should come first.

— Karleen Gerards, Seattle

Officials should go for their transportation blunders

Our government officials are wasting money that has been entrusted to them by the people they serve. At what point does a red flag go up to alert those in a position of authority to stop this gross misuse of taxpayer dollars?

Several examples: “botched street projects” as reported in the recent Seattle Times article [“The street crews that couldn’t pore straight,” page one, July 12]; the posting of “No street racing zone” signs in Tukwila, when normal speed-limit signs would suffice; and allowing the building and use of light-rail cars that are known now to exceed the federal standards for noise abatement — but the opening will happen anyway [“Light-rail report: Neighbors right, trains are too noisy,” page one, July 11].

If a homeowner were to take out a building permit, inspectors would issue a stop-work order when codes and standards were not met. Why didn’t this happen with the light-rail cars? Instead, Sound Transit is going to use a Band-Aid and, at the taxpayer’s expense, install sound barrier walls and soundproofing of homes along the route.

I find the absence of plain common sense in all of the above appalling and totally unacceptable. We need to not only reprimand those in charge of such projects … we need to replace them.

— Barbara Rabon, Renton

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