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Category: transit
April 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

King County Prop. 1: Buses are the lifeline of our community

Proposition 1 will soon be put to a vote. It funds public transportation ["Should voters invest in roads, transit?” Opinion, March 30]. Proponents estimate there will be 30,000 more cars on our streets if this proposition does not pass. I am a frequent bus rider. The buses I ride are usually well-used. In rush hour,…

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Comments | More in Metro, transit, Transportation | Topics: Anne Thureson, buses, King County

March 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Metro transit, roads, Proposition 1: Fix the ‘me’ mentality

The pro- and anti-transit guest column pieces run in The Seattle Times are graphic examples of a serious problem that’s developed within our society since the 1980s [“Should voters invest in roads, transit?” Opinion, March 30]. You could label the for-and-against positions present in these two articles as “we” and “me.” A core concept…

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Comments | More in transit | Topics: Jim Secan, King County, metro

January 31, 2014 at 7:00 AM

RapidRide: Upgrade was of dubious value

I was surprised to see the article in The Times questioning the efficacy of Metro’s RapidRide [“Has RapidRide helped or hurt Seattle bus service?” FYI Guy, Jan. 28]. It’s about time. First of all, they spent millions buying far more expensive buses with capacity beyond what could be justified by rational ridership projections. Even…

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Comments | More in transit | Topics: Bill Hirt, metro, RapidRide

October 15, 2013 at 7:32 AM

King County snowplows will be hard to find

City prioritizes stadiums over roads I’m not surprised to read King County snowplows will be hard to find this winter [“King county snowplows to be scarce this winter,” page one, Oct. 14]. I mean really, is it all that necessary that roads be maintained in the county? Obviously not as the last 20 years have shown. When…

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Comments | More in King County, transit | Topics: King County, Snowplows

March 1, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Interstate 90 tolls anger Mercer Island residents

Tolls affect the region I live on Mercer Island and oppose the proposed tolls [“I-90 tolls: Islanders incensed,” page one, Jan. 31]. People have written letters to the editor calling the objections of Mercer Islanders a collective tantrum of a bunch of spoiled brats (my summary). Aside from the fact that stereotypes are rarely accurate,…

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Comments | More in 520 bridge, Tolling, transit | Topics: I-90, Interstate 90, Mercer Island

February 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Mistakes on 520 bridge will be costly

Bad use of taxpayer money Well it would have been a good morning if the public wasn’t being informed about another screwup by the state [“State admits costly mistakes on 520 bridge,” page one, Feb. 27]. When are the citizens of this state going to demand state employees — not the great workers, but those responsible…

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Comments | More in 520 bridge, Politics, transit | Topics: Gas tax, Gov. Jay Inslee, Highway 520

August 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Sound Transit and Sounders: Why isn’t public transit ready after games?

Sounders’ Express goes nowhere fast at all Did you hear the one about how almost 67,000 people sneaked into Qwest Field for a Sounders game and Sound Transit didn’t know about it? After the Sounders FC and Barcelona game, just when I was thinking Seattle’s making it with mass transit, Sound Transit proved it can’t handle…

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Comments | More in Seattle, Sports, transit, Transportation

July 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ferry funding: Did Washington need stimulus dollars?

We should be questioning, not applauding, pork spending In your editorial ["Murray stimulates state ferry funding," Opinion, July 16] on how Sen. Patty Murray has righted the “error” where Seattle did not get our fair share of the stimulus money set aside for ferries, the author stated: “Murray has helped right the balance by securing the…

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Comments | More in Congress, Economic stimulus bills, Economy, Federal bailouts, transit, Transportation

July 16, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ferry funding: Should Washington have gotten more, or none at all?

Murray shows her priorities Editor, The Times: Sen. Patty Murray barely raised an eyebrow while for eight years the Bush administration shredded the Constitution. Now we see what makes her furious: money ["Ferries get funds after all," page one, July 16]. – Tom Ballard, Seattle Whining for ferry funds has everything to do with recession When I first heard about…

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Comments | More in Port of Seattle, transit, Transportation

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