ST might wait until 2010 according to PI this article.
Here’s the pros and cons of 2008 vs 2010 in my mind:
- Sooner is better.
- Projects are cheaper if they get started earlier.
- A large progressive turn out for the general election would help likelyhood of passing.
- The state would not have yet had a chance to mess around with Sound Transit.
- Voters unlikely to approve spending increase in a recession year.
- If Hillary or Obama self-destruct, we could get another defeat, which could ruin ST’s chances of ever coming back
- Global Warming will play more into the debate
- Congestion will be even worse, which might lead people to approve transit
- Central Link will be open, which should excite people into building more rail.
- More time to investigate proposals that could pass.
- If congestion gets much worse, people may not want to approve long-timeframe transit projects and would prefer short-time frame projects.
- If migration slows, taxation models could be off, and projects could cost more money with rising materials costs.
- Will Sound Transit still exist then?
So I don’t know. Which is better? Obviously, I would prefer getting it built as soon as possible, but I’m not sure getting it on the ballot as soon as possible is the right idea. What do you guys think?