The effort to establish stronger Council oversight over the revision to Seattle’s Transit Master Plan has passed out of the transportation committee. What’s perplexing is committee chair Tom Rasmussen’s comment about light rail:
Rasmussen expressed surprise that McGinn wanted light rail to be in the plan. “Typically, light rail is something that occurs regionally rather than city by city,” Rasmussen said. “I wonder if the Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee would want that money to go to light rail planning” rather than other modes of transit like electric trolleys, streetcars, and buses.
Rasmussen is obviously entitled to be skeptical of city-funded light rail, even though we would strongly disagree. But how could he possibly find this surprising? McGinn’s promise to send light rail to the ballot was a prominent event in the general election; less famously, Council President Richard Conlin said favorable things about the plan shortly after the election.
Combined with his prominent role in the pro-tunnel faction and wobbly response to the Nickerson road diet, Rasmussen is not scoring many points with those interested in more and better alternatives to driving.
Also read Frank on this subject.