To suggest, as Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson did, that government departments have bloated budgets capable of absorbing $170 million is disrespectful to all of the project leaders who work to stay on budget and on time [“Blunders bust 520’s budget,” Page One, Jan. 9].
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Frequent crimes on buses should send a message to Metro management
At a time when the number of bus routes in Seattle has been reduced and more frequent violent incidents on Metro buses have been reported in the media, we are now treated to the news that a hardworking man simply doing his job — in what must be a trying and potentially dangerous circumstances — has been fired for reacting to a personal attack [“Metro bus driver fired after assault on passenger,” NWSaturday, Dec. 14].
Exactly how much abuse should Metro drivers take from an increasingly uncivil public? I would feel much safer taking the bus if I knew that the bus driver has the authority to maintain order — yes even to the point of self-defense or retributive violence.
Car-tab fees have risen dramatically
It is time for King County Metro to start operating like a business and stop feeding at the public trough [“Poll: How should King County fund Metro public transit?” Online, Dec. 2].
Voters passed a $35 car-tab measure and since then car-tab fees have only continued to rise, to the point where tabs can cost nearly twice the amount voters approved.
Metro has stated that in order for them to make enough to not cut routes and service, it would have to raise fares $2 each way.
Well, do the math. Even if it costs another $4 a day for commuters, they would pay it, because they easily save that much in gas and parking. Cheap parking downtown Seattle is more than $10 a day, so even another $4 means commuters still save more than $6 a day.
DOT needs to focus on more important projects, such as traffic congestion
Today the news contained mention of a likely deal coming in the next several days to raise the gas tax in this state by either 10.5 or 11 cents [“Big issues remain, but Senate GOP open to gas-tax hike,” Online, Nov. 12].
The reasons are varied for why this is something that must be done before the regular legislative session in January. (Though, as I understand it, the tax would not be raised before that time).
If you try to slip this under the radar during the holidays and pass this gas tax increase, I will be the first one on Tim Eyman’s front door insisting he help me put together an initiative for next November’s ballot to repeal it. And, I suspect I would get the required number of signatures in very short order.
Where’s the accountability?
The Times seems to blindly advocate for the proposed statewide gas tax increase. If passed, it would give our transportation departments more money “to play with,” and that’s what they’re doing [“Big issues remain, but Senate GOP open to gas-tax hike,” Online, Nov. 12].
Don’t penalize those who own cars
It amazes me that when money is needed for Metro buses or new roads, the only solution seems to be to “penalize” those individuals who own cars [“Voters may be asked to raise car-tab fee to block Metro cuts,” NWFriday, Nov. 8].
When the Skagit River bridge went down, we were told how very important I-5 and our roads were to commerce and the lives of all Washingtonians. So the question is: Why are only those who own cars required to pay? For once, let’s think outside the box.
Cyclists in Seattle are self-selected
In response to Michael Hosterman’s letter [“Bikers provide a source of justifiable revenue,” Online, Nov. 12], I would like to offer a counterpoint.
As a cyclist, I hear the same complaint from motorists over and over. The bicyclists they see take extreme risks disregarding their own safety. Many of these motorists don’t understand the reality of braving traffic with little protection save a pair of blinking lights.
Even the most cautious rider takes on significant risk when he or she hits the road. Everyone is comfortable getting behind the wheel of a car, but many people don’t feel safe biking in Seattle. In the Netherlands, where there is bicycle-friendly infrastructure, one is likely to see diversity among bikers. In Seattle, the bicycling population is mostly self-selecting: risk takers will be risk takers.More
Bikers provide a source of justifiable revenue Since in King County we are bent on decreasing traffic lanes and increasing bike paths, why not consider licensing and taxing bicycles that use roads that cars pay for currently [“Voters may be asked to raise car-tab fee to block Metro cuts,” NWFriday, Nov. 8]. Recently we’ve seen evidence…More
Improved transportation efficiency comes too late Gov. Jay Inslee’s ongoing efforts to improve roadway transportation efficiency to entice Boeing to build its 777X in Washington state is certainly commendable, although a little late coming. What about all the commuters who have struggled with our traffic congestion for years on end, and who elected public officials to act…More
More volume equals more money I’ve given a lot of thought to the subject of tolls on our bridges throughout the Puget Sound area. Now there is talk about tolling I-90 because so many people have abandoned using the 520 bridge due to the very high tolls. And the state isn’t collecting enough money to support the…More