This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

I really hate to be so crass but I’m calling it how I see it. Just as I started to warm up to the tunnel Gregoire shows her real priorities. She played Ron Sims and now there is very little reason for greens to support this solution. This was the last thing holding many on and it will be interesting to see how the tunnel fairs in the next few weeks.

I had a ton of questions about the deep bore tunnel and now I think a lot of people are going to take a hard look to see if this is the best solution, especially now that more bus service isn’t hanging over their heads.

For example look at the finances. The port has yet to pitch in 300 million (btw they are hurting right now, with container volumes down ~30 percent from last year). WSDOT has a funding deficit of 400 million (which looks like it can only be solved with tolls). And that is chump change compared to the roughly 1 billion that the city needs to raise. I’d like to see how much of an appetite there is for raising that kind of money when the state has a nearly 6 billion dollar deficit and as thousands of Boeing, WAMU, Starbucks, and Microsoft employees are getting laid off.

Despite the grand rhetoric I think there are at least a few more twists and turns down the road.

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