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There was an interesting piece on one of the P-I Blogs this afternoon about Gov. Gregoire’s “Plan B” if Prop.1 goes down. It should give serious pause to environmentalists holding out for a better deal.

I hope [the voters] will decide to invest and move forward, but if they do not, I am not going to take that as a comment on their part that we do not have to replace 520,” Gregoire said. “My conversation with the two legislative chairs was specifically to talk (about) how do we move forward with the replacement on 520.”

Translation: you’ll get your roads anyway. Thanks for playing.

“People have to understand that it is about both (highway construction and expanded transit). To do one without the other simply will lead to a food fight and will not be healthy for the people,” Gregoire said. “(RTID) polling says that they are better off showing the people of the community it’s a comprehensive approach.”

For those not happy with linked roads and transit measures, we bring you… linked roads and transit measures! Except more expensive and slower. What a deal!

“…Is it a different governance structure? all of which I think is ripe for discussion.”

For “different governance structure,” read “gut Sound Transit and replace it with some other agency that will spend 5 years learning its left foot from its right.”

Via Sound Politics.

4 Replies to “Yes on Prop. 1”

  1. And Washington CEO magazine suggests failing to pass Prop. 1 could lead to “every major freeway between Lakewood and Everett” being turned into a “toll road” featuring “congestion-based pricing.”

  2. James… New York state said that was unconstitutional, and that’s the same in Washington. Why do you think NYC doesn’t have congestion pricing? It’s because it doesn’t fly with the majority of the state legislatures.

  3. Even trains can be unreliable. TRAX trains running again after two-hour delay
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    Article Last Updated: 11/06/2007 07:50:37 AM MST

    Posted: 7:50 AM- TRAX service has resumed in Salt Lake County following a fire that damaged a train and jammed the line.
    About 4 a.m., an electrical or mechanical failure happened at the TRAX rail yard near 7000 South and 700 West, damaging the electrical cables running above the rail lines, said Utah Transit Authority spokeswoman Carrie Bohnsack.
    When a train left the yard about an hour later, the train’s roof caught fire, causing minor damage to the train but destroying the overhead cables, Bohnsack said.
    UTA crews had to tow the train off the line and replace the cables before other trains could deploy.
    Train serve was out for about 2 hours. UTA busses ran along some train routes during that time, Bohnsack said.

  4. Well, we’re getting HOT lanes with variable pricing on the 167. And London’s been able to take previously free routes and toll them with congestion-based pricing. (Recognizing, of course, that a law in London might face different a legal process/challenge than one here.)

    But in the same way Federal Way is working to craft an unchallengable curfew law, something that’s declared unconstitutional somewhere else isn’t precedent that it won’t happen, it’s just a sign that you need more lawyers on your side to figure out how to get it passed in a way that can’t be challenged.

    Up to a point, taxes don’t fly with a majority of lawmakers. Until one day they do. And in a state as left-leaning as this one, it’s only a matter of time.

    I lived in L.A. for 10 years. I’ve seen what happens when you stop building freeways for 40 years and then decide there’s a problem. I’m hoping the same doesn’t happen here. (I wasn’t around in 1960, but Seattle feels like a young L.A.)

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