Orphan Road has a nice round up of the BNSF rails/trails corridor swap on the Eastside.
Rail there would be great, but I think once it gets converted to trails, there’s no going back.
I don’t know much about this trail/rail path on the eastside. Having said that, my transit side says don’t destroy rails cause I don’t want to have to pay billions later in taxes to get them back. However, I thought I read somewhere that commuter rail was a weak shot at best due to housing that has been developed, land use issues, or something like that. I am not sure what was said, have you heard of anything like that? Curious. It would be nice to have Sounder running through there if that wasn’t the case and I misread.
From what I’ve raid, the rails themselves are all but useless for transit, and in such poor condition that they’d have to be ripped out anyway.
Also, there’s only one set of them, so we’d want to rip it out and double-track it if we were going to build transit.
I think anonymous’ concern is important: imagine if someone proposed running a commuter train down the Burke-Gilman trail! People would be outraged.
That’s why Sims “statement of dual use,” is so important, even if it’s just a bureaucratic platitude. It sets a precedent.
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