This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.
We bear the burden of hitting those people with a few awful truths:
1) Roads can be used for mass-transit vehicles. They’re called buses. And while this package isn’t aimed at improving bus service in a big way, it will have an impact. Roads — along with sidewalks and bike paths — are needed, and until those personal jet packs promised to us by sci-fi writers are delivered, we are bound to them.
2) For those who think this package is too expensive now, we promise, if you find yourself reading a similar endorsement 20 years from now (and this being Seattle, that is a distinct possibility), the cost of construction, materials, labor and reconfiguring the city’s infrastructure will be considerably higher. Speaking of the future …
3) It is coming, regardless of how you vote for this proposition.
You could vote no and leave us in the transportation “Groundhog’s Day” situation we’re in. Or you could vote yes — and we implore you to — and free this region from its gridlocked thinking.