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Category: transit
October 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Monorail ballot measure: Maglev trains would be the better solution

Seattle’s existing monorail line currently travels from Seattle Center to Westlake Center. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

I oppose monorail. [“Reject ballot measure to expand monorail,” Opinion, Oct. 6]. I have ridden trains around the world — monorails, subways, light rail, cable cars and even funiculars. I have studied and compared them. I conclude that monorail is not the solution. It is an old technology. It runs on truck tires.

But light rail is not the solution either, especially for the Ballard-West Seattle route. It would


Comments | More in transit | Topics: Citizens Petition No. 1, light rail, maglex

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…


Comments | More in transit | Topics: buses, Danny Westneat, Emily Salisbury Keene

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,…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


Comments | More in Seattle, Sports, transit, Transportation

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