Seattle Traffic
Seattle Traffic, from Oran via the STB flickr pool.

Last week, we welcomed a new president, but there was a fair bit of transportation news as well.

5 Replies to “Week in Review”

  1. President Obama mentioned transit in yesterday’s weekly address:

    Finally, we will rebuild and retrofit America to meet the demands of the 21st century. That means repairing and modernizing thousands of miles of America’s roadways and providing new mass transit options for millions of Americans.

    1. Those are words. The stimulus package does provide enough money to keep major agencies from cutting service, much less providing new transit options for millions.

  2. Have the words ‘rail’ and ‘Amtrak’ actually passed the President’s lips yet?

    Reviewing the past week, I think we did come up with lots of valid reasons to build the deferred Boeing Access Road Station. Sure there is no money for it, but aren’t we about supplying a vision for the future and leaving it to others to cherry pick our visions in line with whatever funds they can ‘beg, steal, or borrow’ for? Well, not steal, but you know what I mean as for the other two. I see building a station at the BAR to be just as important as building a Sounder Station in Ballard and also at Broad. It is up to those with the purse strings to weigh in on the distribution of the available funds. We are just simply giving them thinks to think about and our reasons for them. Like Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair, it is fun to live on air but she still made it – sort of.

    Andrew, I hope you have a fun two months away – we’ll still have the same old issues to be arguing about for when you return – the viaduct won’t be decided upon, and neither will the 520 replacement. Some of us will still be looking for work, but hey, we will be that much closer to Light Rail opening in July and consider yourself lucky that you are married to someone who allows you to take books on public transport away on vacation. My wife, displays no interest at all if I so much as enthuse over 554 buses eventually coming to Issaquah every 15 minutes and by-passing most of the long route through Eastgate in the process.

    ooh well…. have fun in Japan!

    Tim

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