This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

Bruce Agnew really likes to dream, doesn’t he? The man seems to think that if we just close our eyes and think really hard, we can fix our transportation problems for free. David Brewster, in response, smacks down the foot ferries concept (which I think has more merit than Brewster admits, but isn’t the cure-all that its proponents imagine).

Sorry, Bruce, there’s no magic pill we can swallow and fix our transportation problems. The only answer is to do like every other city on planet earth: spend billions of dollars on new high-capacity transit systems. It’s going to be messy, expensive, over-budget and inconvenient. It’s going to require moving mountains of earth, pouring tons of concrete, laying miles of rail, and yes, inconveniencing some people. Suck it up and deal with it.

The Seattle area has generated an obscene — almost criminal — amount of wealth in the last decade. We’ve got the money, we’ve got the plans, we just don’t always have the will to execute.

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