In Martin’s post yesterday we had a good number of commenters criticizing STB for our continued, and some would say slanted, coverage of the tunnel. I know sometimes it feels like all we, and everyone else, write about is the tunnel. I’m personally tired of reading and writing about the debate.
But the simple fact is that it would be completely irresponsible for a blog that advocates for transit to simply give WSDOT and our elected officials a pass on one of the largest, most controversial and most transit hostile highway project in the state.
Our transportation system is just that, a system, and ignoring the elephant in the room just so we can all sing Kumbaya and feel good about transit won’t further transit in Seattle. It’s extremely frustrating for me personally because this debate is fracturing the pro-transit community but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to write about it.
Commenter Brett summed it up well;
Any time state government makes it blatantly clear that they value automobiles over transit in urban areas and equate cars as the key to growth, it is relevant to this blog. Something as profound as what to do about the AWV, a major piece of transportation infrastructure in Seattle, is hugely relevant to transit in Seattle. I’m surprised more transit supporters aren’t fired up about the DBT and the slap in the face it represents to transit.