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January 5, 2015 at 5:20 PM

Seattle traffic: Why it’s really bad

In response to guest columnist Gage Stowe [“A Seattle newbie asks: Why did you let traffic get this bad?” Opinion, Dec. 29], this is why traffic is out of control.

  • Short-sighted voting by the Seattle electorate in past decades: For example, in the late 1960s, we could have had $500 million from the feds for mass transit, but voters said “no.” San Francisco built BART in the mid-1960s, while Seattle didn’t wake up till the 21st century.
  • Bodies of water lie to the east and west, and the Ship Canal and Lake Union cut the city in two and impede north-south traffic. There are not enough bridges, with four of those subject to constant interruption from boats.

Richard Simkins, Seattle

Comments | More in Traffic congestion | Topics: BART, boats, Lake Union

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