[UPDATE: The Post-Globe has Mallahan’s response. It’s pretty weak sauce. Click over and read it; they need the hits.]
- Develop plan during first two years as Mayor, submitting all taxes and choice to proceed to city voters.
- Connect high density neighborhoods – Wallingford, Fremont, Ballard, Queen Anne, Belltown, West Seattle –to regional light rail system.
- Use existing city and/or Transportation Benefit District taxing authority.
- Leverage existing city assets to lower costs, but develop dedicated right of way so that trains won’t get stuck in traffic.
- Build light rail expansion that is materially similar/compatible with Link.
- Work with Sound Transit and King County Metro to design, build, and operate light rail expansion without creating a new transit agency.
I don’t see a way to interpret #4 other than at-grade in (former) bus lanes, probably with 2-car-length stations instead of 4.
Publicola does a pretty good job outlining the obvious concerns and limitations. However, Erica is incorrect that Subarea equity requires even expenditure between subareas. It requires that revenues collected in each subarea be spent there, which shouldn’t be an obstacle to a plan like this one. We’ll try to gather some facts on the other concerns over the next few weeks.
Contra Ben, McGinn’s handout shows that Seattle votes for transit whether it’s a presidential election year or not. It’s in the Sound Transit district where off-year measures are risky.
There are basically no details at this point, but if McGinn can pull off anything like the Central Link level of service, all this Streetcar business ceases to be of any significance.