Erica C. Barnett breaks the story — first to a somewhat detailed draft of the plan that will be voted on July 24.

It’s a little smaller and a little faster than Sound Transit 2. In bad news for Seattle, it looks like Northgate slides from 2018 to 2020. The overall cost – $10.4 billion in 2007 dollars – is about the same as ST2.

I won’t steal the rest of her thunder, so go read her reporting. I will concede, however, that if this measure goes to the ballot and passes (big ‘if’s), this plan is good enough to have made the defeat of Proposition 1 and 1-year delay worth it, making me wrong, wrong, wrong.

There should be slides, and so on, at the Finance Committee meeting on July 17.

11 Replies to “Sound Transit Details Out”

  1. I’ll admit that the shorter timetable is incredibly appealing over Prop. 1. Prop. 1 wasn’t voted down by pro-ST people, though, so I would find gloating on either side slightly silly.

    The common wisdom that Gregoire would pressure ST to not go back to the ballots has not at all manifested itself, however.

    1. And I have to say that this plan looks great! We’re still getting 2020 for Northgate and Highline CC, but I hope that Bellevue opens before Overlake TC personally.

    2. Not “pro-ST people” no. But there was a debate within the pro-rail transit community whether we should accept the roads in prop 1 or hold out for a transit-only measure.

      That argument isn’t anywhere close to settled yet, but it’s important that the proposal on the table isn’t demonstrably worse than what was on the table last year, unless you live in Tacoma.

      And if this actually passes, the argument will be settled.

      1. Hehe, we’re talking about the same thing. I say pro-ST because most would have seemingly voted for Prop. 1 if it weren’t for RTID. The 15-year-plan is personally more appealing to me because the timeframe is better.

  2. I like this plan and so does the Stranger.

    If we get the Stranger on board and it goes to ballot, we can probably give ourselves a big pat on the back as it more than likely will pass.

    C’mon ST!

    1. I like the Stranger because I live on Capitol Hill, but are they truly that influential? :)

      1. Free press for an agency that can’t really advertise? I’d say so!

        I doubly like them because they like Piecora’s

  3. The Stranger’s power in, say, Lakewood, is limited.

    Still, this looks great to me. I’m just waiting to see exactly how the Times editorial board will pretend to be pro-transit yet come out against it anyway.

    1. I do note that an extra yes in Seattle does equal a no that we can’t reach in Lakewood. :)

      I’m waiting with a piece that I hope to time with the Times on their new reasons for saying no.

  4. ST just needs to hit the campaign with more of a grassroots feel and less of a Prop 1 “YOU ALL NEED TRANSIT” feel. Personally, even though I campaigned for Prop 1 by standing on bridges with signs, I felt the core ad themes didn’t jive with what local people want around here, which would be more of a NW feel. I like the ads I’ve seen on the ST website, not over dramatic but just honest testimonials of folks saying “why hasn’t Seattle caught on to the importance of transit investments yet?!”

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