I want to mention one other point Ladenburg had yesterday about Sound Transit: governance reform is not popular in Pierce County. The Pierce County voters see it as a way to get more power in King County and less power for them, so they oppose governance reform. Ladenburg said that when Rice and Stanton, two people fighting for governance reform, gave a presentation to a business group in Pierce County, the response was very negative with people asking “Your solution to transportation is more elected officials?”
Pierce County residents do have good reason to believe governance reform would not benefit them. One major impetus for governance reform at the state legislature is that the expensive roads projects in King County, the Alaska Way Viaduct, SR-167 and the SR-520 floating bridge are the state’s responsibility and governance reform is an attempt to get central Puget Sound taxpayers to foot the bill for these projects rather than the whole state. But few in Pierce County use these roads either, and having the taxpayers down there pay for those roads doesn’t seem fair either.