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September 17, 2014 at 6:04 AM

It’s time to establish an independent Seattle transit district to stop gridlock

Danny Westneat got directly at the heart of the matter in his column “Carfree in Seattle, the living isn’t easy” [Local News, Sept. 12]. If our regional planners truly want to see their stated goal of making Seattle a high-density, world-class city without it becoming a traffic nightmare, bus-route planning must be on a human scale and work toward reducing the “misery index.”

At a time when apartments, “apodments” and condominiums are being built at a record rate in our city’s core (many without parking), bus routes are being cut by an out-of-touch group of planners who answer only to an equally out-of touch Metropolitan King County Council. The public hearings I have attended are always packed (despite being held with little advance notice) but seem to have had no effect on a council and county executive whose only plan is to continue cutting service and hope for help from the Legislature.

Because Metro Transit is funded by the county, those of us who have chosen an urban lifestyle are at the mercy of rural and suburban voters who have no interest in riding the bus. If Seattle is to live up to its founder’s motto, “New York by and by,” it is time to establish an independent Seattle transit district with an elected planning board.

Emily Salisbury Keene, Seattle

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