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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Transportation megaprojects: Road project funding could go to Metro

The billions of dollars we are spending on mega road projects could buy a dramatically expanded public transit system that offered free service to all [“Troubled transportation megaprojects add to political gridlock,” Local News, May 6]. That would clear a lot of cars from the road and make all this construction unnecessary.

When one looks at the price tags on the Highway 99 tunnel, 520 bridge, etc., and compares them to the paltry cost of Metro bus service, the answer is obvious.

Such a redirection of transportation priorities would also help the environment. The juxtaposition in yesterday’s Seattle Times of road projects and the growing impact of climate change was quite eye-popping.

The solutions are obvious — and they do not include cutting basic bus service by 16 percent. The politicians in King County and Olympia need to get it together, and fast.

Linda Averill, Seattle

Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: environment, Highway 520, highway 99

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