Commenter Sherwin was actually able to corner Mayoral candidate Joe Mallahan for a few minutes today:
Okay, I dragged him aside for 2 minutes as he was heading out for a forum, and asked him to clarify his positions on transit vs. McGinn’s and the First Hill Streetcar. He was in a big hurry so I had no chance to pick a fight, but here’s what he essentially said.
He claims that McGinn focusing on the AWV-surface deal would consume McGinn’s efforts to effectively pursue transit expansion. He talked a lot of expanding bus service hours (though I don’t know how that’s going to be possible) and effective management so that ST2 can be completed on time so future line extensions are possible. He did not clarify whether or not he supports such extensions.
As far as the FH Streetcar goes, he says what we’ve known all along. That he’s expressed concerns about the efficiency and cost, but will let it go forward if it comes in on time and on budget.
I thanked him, and he scattered. No surprises from him and nothing to change anyone’s mind.
Oh, and he said he opposes First Ave. Streetcar with the reasoning that it’s so close to 3rd, a “dedicated transit way”, which is not entirely true. Again, nothing new.
As Sherwin says, nothing new here, but it’s more answers than I’ve gotten out of his campaign to date.