This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

With the Airport-Trail swap looking dead, King County Council members Phillips and Hague have teamed up with Port Commissioner Creighton to plot a new way forward. They talk about “creative financing deals,” but basically avoid the real question: who’s gonna pony up $100M and buy the durn thing?

There are some hints that Sound Transit might be able to help, but I find it difficult to believe that they’d update their final project list or do anything that might upset the fall vote this late in the game (polling is apparently still steady at 60% “yes”). The authors do hint at the fact that ST can “win votes” by agreeing to help pay for the corridor, but I’m still skeptical that they’d acutally make any promises between now and November.