37 Replies to “Weekend open thread: bus simulator”

  1. Biden wins. Let’s go. America in happier times.

    (Electroswing song with 1950s movie. Does anyone know what the movie is? I’ve seen it in multiple music videos. And how does that waitress keep those dishes on the tray? They must be attached to the tray.)

      1. I also noticed that Colorado’s participation survived a popular referendum, which is a good sign.

        Still, the last 28% will be much harder. So far, only Democratic-controlled legislatures and governors have signed on. The Colorado referendum was split almost exactly the same as Biden v. Trump, suggesting that National Popular Vote has now become just another partisan issue with Democrats and Republicans ideologically opposed.

        Short of negotiating in a 3% “handicap” for the Republicans in the popular vote, I’m not sure how you get any Republicans, who benefit under the current system, to sign on.

      2. Chafee ran for governor as an independent and switched to the Democratic party during his tenure. I think he’s currently registered as a Libertarian, but who knows which way the wind will be blowing tomorrow for him.

      3. “The presidential election has been rigged for over two centuries”

        “Rigging” implies a straightforward connection between one person or party and a tactic that decidedly bypasses the results in their favor. Russia and North Korea have rigged elections because opposition candidates are arbitrarily blocked from being on the ballot, jailed on political charges, and assasinated, and the government falsifies the vote counts to claim 95% support. That’s a straightforward connection, extremely egregious, and consistent in the seventy years it has been practiced. The beneficiaries are the same throughout it. (I’m equating the Soviet leaders with Yeltsin and Putin because the net result has been a continuation of tactics by the same apparatchiks.)

        The US situation is more complicated. The Republican and Democratic parties have changed values and members multiple times in the past 200 years, and didn’t even exist when the Electoral College was created. The intention and effect of the Electoral College are debated by scholars. Supporting slavery, giving disproportionate benefit to small states, and being a check on populist demogagues like Trump are just three of the intentions that have been cited, and there’s disagreement on how many of them apply or how much. In any case, there has not been one single dynasty or affinity group in power throughout that time. Even if somebody “rigged” the election in 1840, that has no direct relationship to somebody who might have rigged it in 1940 or 2016 or 2020.

        The most you can say is that the Electoral College biases the results. That has had different effects at different times. While it has consistently favored small states, it’s not consistent in what dynasty or faction or interests it benefits. That depends on what interests the small states favor, how unified they are, and how polarized the two parties are.

        There are other tactics like voter suppression, closing polling locations, putting arbitrary hurdles in front of certain voters, that bias the results or attempt to. But they are not systematic or successful or egregious enough to be what I’d call rigging. I’d call them more “attempts at rigging”.

        Gerrymandering a governorship or legislative majority as is current in several states, that’s more like rigging. Gerrymandering certain congressional seats, that’s another kind. Those have occurred throughout history but I don’t think they’ve been consistent over 200 years; instead they’ve been a series of shorter-term phenomena. The current level of gerrymandering goes back to the 2000 census; before that it was less deep.

        But at the presidential level, the attempts are too piecemeal and limited to a few states and only moderately successful to be a complete rigging as in Russia or North Korea. And using the term “rigged” for it waters down the term to the point of uselessness. It’s like when people call “fascist” anybody they don’t like (which is widespread in historically communist countries).

      4. I’d point out that the Founding Fathers had no technology to help them tabulate and verify votes in a matter of days when the Electoral College was drafted. It was a reasonable system to resolve distinctive reasons for each colony’s (or future state’s) existence given the technological capabilities of that era.

        Even in the 1970’s, voting machines were mechanical or hand-recorded. Technology advances in the last 40 years is reason enough to rethink the Electoral College process. After all, every other aspect of interacting with government processes — banking, paying taxes, renewing licenses, passports, food assistance, obtaining public documents, recording meetings, and many other things — have become faster and better to complete and verify.

        I do find it amazing at how our verification systems are more accurate than ever — yet some people insist that there is some sort of grass-roots voter fraud committed by tens of thousands if not millions of people. Fraud today pretty much has to be in database corruption to have any legitimacy.

      5. There is certainly a lot of history behind the set-up of the Electoral College and the 3/5 Compromise. The rigging of the election against women, African-Americans, non-landowners, etc, took time to undo the most overt blockages.

        The move to winner-take-all in each state took time to evolve as the ruling parties (also not something the Founding Fathers had predicted) in each state caught up with the game theory. How Nebraska has allowed its 2nd Congressional District to (1) be in play for Congressional elections; and (2) nearly determine the outcome of the 2020 presidential election … is a mystery without a whole lot of historical research.

        The out-and-out stealing of elections that involved very few illegal voters is, unfortunately, not ancient history. We’ll never know who the legitimate winner of the 2004 gubernatorial election in Washington was. That famous tray of “found” ballots that got added to the manual recount will forever tarnish the election administrators involved in that mess. The guy in charge is still in the elections business, bizarrely. Progressive activists barely lifted a finger to complain, as it seemed like karmic payback for Bush v. Gore.

        There may yet be some SCotUS decisions that change the vote count, if not the outcome, in, at least, Pennsylvania. There are lots of cray-cray accusations, some even retweeted by tPotUS, but there might be some actually verifiable ones that stick. They may impact a very small number of votes, or give SCotUS an opening for more drastic intervention. I have not come across any particular ones likely to be in that category, outside of SCotUS throwing out all the Pennsylvania votes that USPS (under duress from a postmaster who really should be investigated for interfering with the conduct of a federal election) failed to deliver on time.

        Punishing said postmaster will solve nothing. Getting states to change the law so that ballots merely have to be postmarked by election day, and Congress to say USPS will stay open and process mail on election day until everything deposited by N pm on election day is postmarked, even if that takes well beyond midnight, is where this ought to head. Good luck on that. We couldn’t even get universal right-to-request a mail ballot in the middle of a pandemic.

        A lot of politicians knowingly and willingly committed (hu)manslaughter by forcing people to vote in person and minimizing where they could vote so that some would had to stand in long queues. Shame on them! I just hope they will consult with the god(s)/ cult leaders / bosses / whatever they worship or pretend to worship, repent, and pass the laws needed to not repeat this (hu)manslaughter. That would be some real healing.

        US elections remained rigged in various ways, big and small. Yes, they sure beat the heck out of elections in places where only one candidate is allowed on the ballot, or where thugs stand guard outside polling places or drop boxes with machetes or AK47s, or surround county vote counting facilities that have to cover the windows so that only official observers can identify which rank-and-file employees to intimidate. Resistance to having a national popular vote is just one of many forms of rigging, but is much more wholesale than aforementioned random assault rifle threateners. And less, it is less wholesale than banning whole classes of people from voting.

        My turn for a victory song, in honor of our first female vice-president-elect: This old Schoolhouse Rock ditty.

      6. “Punishing said postmaster will solve nothing. Getting states to change the law so that ballots merely have to be postmarked by election day…”

        The takeaways I see are:

        – Early voting is a great thing and should be expanded. Previously some states were suspicious of it (the same states that try to suppress votes). But now that there are new things they like even less (drive-in voting, universal mail-in voting), suddenly early voting is the conventional thing nobody objects to. That’s a step forward.

        – Universal mail-in voting is still a success in the sta’re ineffectivetes that started it before this year.

        – Expanding universal mail-in voting to all states is an ideal, but there are things to watch out for in states that haven’t started it yet. Namely, the suppressors could fail to send ballots to dissenting precincts, or arrange to get them delivered so slowly they miss the deadline.

      7. Namely, the suppressors could fail to send ballots to dissenting precincts, or arrange to get them delivered so slowly they miss the deadline.

        Ah, yes, I remember that happening in King County ca. 2003 or earlier, when the military ballots were mailed out really late, and the guy in charge tried to cover it up. He was fired.

    1. Well Done that you put this in here, Tlsgwm. Honestly, given the trains and buses and streetcars I was privileged to share my life with from the beginning, my on indelible impression of shining Authority, has always been the picture of a transit operator.

      And writ a lot larger, the pride in a country that owes its well-deserved strength to a population who’ll face danger both IN action and WITHOUT Order One. Boston Marathon Bombing?

      First pressure-cooker detonates, everybody ducks and starts running TOWARD the victims on the ground. Second one goes off, rescuers duck again and keep right on applying tourniquets.

      World Trade Center, a whole major city’s fire department commits suicide DIS-obeying orders to break off rescue and evacuate the Twin Towers pending their collapse. Time After Time, Nation-wide and System-wide, “Lack of Leadership” is just cosmetic.

      A “Reality Show” performer gets a temporary gig? Who is it that’s always saying “Sad, So Sad?” No it’s not. For all three hundred thirty million of us, “Reality” is that the reason our land’s still here is that we’ve got our country’s back.

      Mark Dublin

  2. It’s good to have a country to rebuild, as well as public transportation finally worthy of it. Interesting to note that “The Golden Spike” didn’t inaugurate a highway system.

    But also that the highway system that began as a defense measure can easily be fitted with tracks and catenary. Which Sweden has proved can also be run with pantograph-fitted trucks.

    The name “Singh” on the provider here has significance. From Canada to other far-flung members of The Commonwealth, a tall white turban is standard world-wide uniform for the controls of things like giant trucks and also steam locomotives. The Sikhs don’t seem to drive much that’s compact.

    As a training tool, though, the title piece has some drawbacks. If you can’t smell something that’s unarguably on fire, in addition to being illegally smoked, you’re missing something that could have serious schedule implications.

    Really think, though, that video history’s got some wonderful graphics just waiting to be found. Clearly remember Felix the Cat being an airline passenger on a wing with a propeller in the middle of it. With not an engine in sight. Well, get with it. SOMEBODY’s got the patent!

    Mark Dublin

  3. In the Bay Area, Measure RR passed. This means Caltrain’s transformation into Rapid Transit will continue without interruption. One thing I want MUNI to do once Caltrain is Electrified is fund extra short turn service to Bayshore and get rid of the 8 Bayshore. (With its segments being restructured to other routes, like the 43 Masonic)

    1. Will this give 10- or 15-minute frequency to Caltrain when it’s electrified? I’ve heard electrification will allow it to be more frequent. That’s the main problem I had with Caltrain an why I preferred being in BART-land, because Caltrain was hourly or less.

      What do you have against the 8? I was on the 8 when I was in San Francisco for a conference, although that was at the north end which you probably want to split to another route. I asked the driver why it was express when it made all the stops, and she said it’s because it gets on the freeway south of Market to go to City College I guess. Now it’s not called express anymore but I don’t know if the routing changed. I liked the northern part of the route. And how could a Masonic route serve northeast San Francisco north-south when they’re parallel?

      1. The 8, and its predecessors (9X/30X) are probably the closest thing San Francisco to the 41, or the former 7x services. In a San Francisco with frequent enough Caltrain (And the re/construction of Oakdale and Paul st Stations), and the Central Subway to Chinatown, theres really no reason for the 8 to continue doing what it does.

        Now, for Caltrain, current plans have 6 tph at rush hour, and 2 tph off-peak post electrification. But longer term plans boost things up to around 10-12tph peak and 4-6 tph off-peak. While these sound pretty good in a vacuum, keep in mind that Caltrain runs local and Express service, so stations would be getting less service than the numbers indicate. On top of that, the 8, its rush-hour variants, and the 9/9R carry a ton of riders (Portola Valley is more like the Central District, and Sunnydale like Green Lake, but poorer), like 50k a day combined. All that ridership, plus induced demand means that this segment would probably need another 4-6 tph to handle the crowds.

        The 8, as it currently is, was created out of the restructure around the T-Third. Basically what resulted was something that hewed as closely to the status quo as possible. The 8 took over the segments of the 15-Third not served by Light Rail, and also inherited its span of service (Before the T, the 8 had no 7 day service, no evening service, and bad off-peak service).

        Now, during the restructure, there was a more radical proposal. The 43 would be routed down Geneva and through the parts of Sunnydale that the 8/15 served. The 36 (which at this time, still terminated at Balboa Park BART) would’ve been extended to cover the South Hill segment of the 43, and I think the 52 (Which had not yet been truncated in Excelsior) would’ve been extended to City College.

        I would something similar to this restructure, with some changes. The 43 gets extended down Geneva alongside the 28R (The latter was in the works before I left SF). The 43 takes over the 8’s route through Sunnydale and turns around at Bayshore Caltrain. The 28R would stay on Geneva and continue to Candlestick. The 9 would be extended into Bayshore Heights on the other side of the county line, terminating somewhere around Carter St.

        Going over to South Hill, I would have Samtrans Route 120 be extended to cover South Hill (The 121 should be cut back to Daly City BART), and the 52 extended back to Geneva. The 54 would, as long been planned, shift back to its pre-Great Recession routing of Persia-Ocean.

        Back by Bayshore Caltrain, I would also truncate Samtrans route 292 at the station, maybe serving some part of schlage lock site in the process. This shift might be enough for it to gain 15-minute frequency.

        For Fishermans Wharf, I would do the following: recreate the 20 Columbus, except have it serve the Chestnut st segment as well, truncate the 30 at Van Ness/North Point, extend the 28R via Columbus to the nearest Central Subway station, and extend the 47/49 to Kearny/Northpoint.

      2. The third time I was in San Francisco, in 1988 or 89, I took Caltrain to Palo Alto. I took a packed Third Street bus — that must have been the 15. I was new to commuter rail and other cities so I asked, “How will I know which stop is the Caltrain station?” thinking it would be obscure and I’d miss it. The driver said, “Half the bus will get off there.” They did and I saw the Caltrain depot has ten or twenty tracks, as if every run gets its own track. The train made a couple stops in San Francisco, something like 23rd Street and Paul Ave. When the T started it looks like it took them over and Caltrain stopped serving them.

        I have a knack for riding transit in the bad old days before extensions and new lines. That Caltrain trip was one. Another was in Vancouver, where I visited Yaletown many times before the Canada line, so it was a significant walk or bus ride from Granville Station.

        Another was in Duesseldorf, where I stayed in the suburb Ratingen before the light rail line to it was built, so there was a half-hourly bus. There were two S-Bahn lines from Duesseldorf that skirted the edges of Ratingen (the western one at Duesseldorf airport and the eastern one at the eastern fringe), but from either of those it was a 20-minute bus ride to the middle and western neighborhoods I was at, so no better than the 25-minute bus ride from Duesseldorf. But I found I could take the western line three stops to Derendorf (a part of Duesseldorf) and transfer to the bus, which left Duesseldorf at the same time but was a few minutes slower. Then the bus went on the freeway for a while and through another suburb to Ratingen. It reminded me of Bellevue’s buses (226/235), which were also half-hourly at that time. Sigh, suburban bus service. But now there’s a light rail line to Ratingen.

      3. Mike Orr: 1988/89 was around the restructure that created the 9 and 33 as they exist now. It also came with a bunch of major cuts, like the end of all day service on what’s now the 30X.

        Caltrain still serves 22nd St, but it only had one regular service stopping at Paul, which no doubt played a huge role in its closing. Paul’s not really a bad stop to serve with some investment. Oakdale meanwhile, is a long standing proposal to build a new Caltrain station at the namesake street. Now that Caltrain is getting electrified, it might actually happen.

    2. https://sf.streetsblog.org/2020/11/04/caltrain-measure-rr-provisionally-passes/

      Looks excellent. But can you tell us what the 8 Bayshore does and how it can re-relate to the future? On my own last visit, my attention fixed itself on the 24 Divisadero, which could possibly include the Steepest Wire in the World.

      If Charles Darwin were still alive, I think his Theory of Natural Selection would have references to San Francisco, and how painlessly cable cars morphed into trolleybuses. For local proof, go to “Google Maps Seattle” and zero in close on where East Yesler Way tops off at 32nd Avenue South. It says right there on the green background: “Old Cable Car Trail”.

      Not to say that when we electrify the 27 we have to run it on a pathway through the woods. Just that when the wire reaches 32nd Avenue, Evolution will be on our side not only all the way down to Leschi, but also the whole way south to 62nd and Prentice by way of Rainier Beach and Seward Park.

      Though Lucy retired in February 2000, I still keep her on for consulting. Like Nature herself, she’s still Wonderful.

      Mark Dublin

    3. The last time I rode the CalTrain, I came very close to riding the train without paying. Not because of the monetary impact of the fare, but because the hourly train was fast approaching as I was frantically fiddling with the ticket machine, I didn’t have time to wait a full hour at the station if I missed it, and I guessed that the amount of the ticket, multiplied by the probability of getting caught would be less than the cost of chasing after the train in an Uber.

      Fortunately, as it happened, I was able to get the machine to print me out a legitimate ticket, just in the nick of time, but the fact that I even had to consider fare evasion – not to save $6, but simply to avoid a long wait – shows what happens when you have a system with such abysmal frequency.

      Also worth nothing – the reason why I was cutting it so close in the first place was that the BART train I took to get to the CalTrain station kept stopping between stations, taking quite a bit longer than expected. The BART, itself, only runs every 15 minutes during off-peak hours (or at least, the branch of BART that goes to Millbrae station), so to avoid that, I would have had to leave earlier and budget a full 20 minutes sitting and waiting at the CalTrain station. No thank you.

      1. Want to put an end to fare evasion? Make it impossible to “evade” paying for, for instance, a month’s transit systemwide.

        By making ORCA cards so ubiquitous you can’t turn around without seeing one for sale. Or also, like my phone bill and my electric bill, automatically deducted from one’s checking account.

        And also, as a belated “nod” to Sound Transit’s campaign promise of a “seamless” (their word, not mine) fare system, having revenue divided among sub-areas by the accountants already on staff.

        That “private company” in Australia or wherever, which our poor fare inspectors have to explain to those of us they “warn-not-threaten” has doubtless long since shifted its profit base to loans for both Home and School world-wide. ‘Bye.

        And warning-wise, the level of information plastered all over Sea-Tac Station’s walls floors, and ceilings ought to count as blanket immunity. Those “taps” are a favor and a courtesy we fully paid-up card-holders actually enjoy doing.

        So make a defendant out of me, ST, and, in front of every camera, Mike Lindblom story, Seattle Times editorial board missive, and communication with the State Legislators whose offices are a ten minute walk from home, I’ll return the favor in spades. Hearts, clubs and diamonds too.

        “One Regional Card For All.” It’s been here for years. Don’t make it join those black and white marine mammals that are also on the verge of extinction.

        Mark Dublin

    4. The major benefit to electrification is speed. It takes loads of extra time to speed up and slow down a train doing local service if the train is diesel. That even makes trains in some sections unable to reach a desired top speed.

      There are other benefits like noise reduction, vibration (the cabs are lighter) and the obvious greenhouse gas emission reductions.

      1. There was nothing preventing Caltrain from running off-peak service every 15 minutes before COVID, except for the Railroad LARPer mentality that still infests Caltrains management. Caltrain actually had 30 off-peak headways before the Great Recession that it never bothered to backfill after it.

      2. Another major recommendation is torque at speed from zero on up. Like for rush hour loads on the Queen Anne Counterbalance and James Street between Third and Harborview.

        As I recall, when we re-did our trolleybus system by replacing the Brills and Pullmans with the white-painted Flyers, ’til the new wire was finished, we tore up a fleet of really good diesel buses hauling standing loads up those hills.

        Long, long time ago, so kind of late to second-guess. But I’ve always wondered if we couldn’t have put some Brills and Pullmans aside for elevators.

        Running up and down those “Hill-Climbs” only.
        And let passengers transfer to the still-good diesel buses at the top and bottom of the “shafts.” It’s the mark of a good tool to be able to change its usage, rather than just throw it away.

        Mark Dublin

  4. https://www.dw.com/en/leftist-violence-undermines-leipzigs-gentrification-debate/a-54884976

    Any comfort to know how much we’re not alone in the world? Having at least one relative come home psychiatrically wounded for life from fighting fascism through a bombsite over Europe…..

    I think it’s time his rich, safe, and internationally unthreatened country finally sees to it that that nobody has to be left homeless so that somebody else can put whatever price they choose upon a Home that’s fit to live in. And vilify people who through no fault of their own can’t afford it.

    The whole idea of The United States of America is that no one on our shores should have to fight another American for anything. The right not to have your windows broken? Whoever broke my two blameless friends’ shop windows should definitely have to pay for their replacement.

    But anybody who’d use their uniform for authority to levy the death penalty on somebody who doesn’t do exactly what they say, or tries and fails….they need to wear the uniform their correctional system provides its every convict.

    This evening’s similarity between here and Germany does show that similar ills create similar symptoms worldwide. It’s good that, as of today, we and Liepzig can start to consider ourselves in the same world again. For countries as well as their people, two sets of minds are better than one.

    Mark Dublin

  5. And that is “Bomb Sight.” If we have to do like the Swedes do and draft everybody, it’s the kind of thing that anybody possessed of a Congressman should go into their voting years knowing.

    Mark Dublin

  6. Whether or not it’s time to get up, it is lunch time. So I’ve found something that’s maximum pertinent to transit’s post-Pandemic future in Seattle.

    Look up “Istanbul Tram Wikipedia.” And then watch a video I just found:

    Leading to the project that for so long- well 2005 WAS awhile ago!- has been seriously overdue. In 1492 the Sultan of Turkey saved Benaroya Hall’s namesakes from the Spanish Inquisition by giving them visas to the Mediterranean all the way around to Hungary.

    So the coast is finally clear for Seattle’s oldest business community to rescue today’s bleak, deserted Waterfront, by treating every Colman Dock and Victoria Clipper arrival to this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoEkIqrBPKo

    And nobody panic. Istanbul has also got both substantial duty heavy-rail subway and modern light-rail as well. So Link won’t be infringing the authenticity of anything.

    Also, since it’ll still have its view out to sea, the ferris wheel will fit right into the action, and the Aquarium will be just fine where it is as soon as that pier can be re-attached to the world.

    And ETHNICALLY: Since Viking traders long made their way down the Volga River to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, the National Nordic Museum will surely see to it that this particular street rail project will assure that the whole Ballard-West Seattle line just sort of happens.

    Waterfront Project Chief Marshall Foster told me that some utilities were early re-arranged with State Ferries/Benaroya Station in mind. So considering how long ago 1492 was, no rush about it.

    Mark Dublin

  7. Brent, Mike Orr, and everybody else, our country’s voting has been “rigged” at its inception by the determination of the States who make up a certain person’s “Base” that they’ll never lose their Right to keep their slaves.

    Look at period maps under the heading of “The Confederacy” and you can’t miss the correlation. They also certainly get credit for non-waffling constancy. And willingness to operate with full Constitutionality. The “Infamous Crimes” exception in the Thirteenth Amendment wrote slavery into the Bill of Rights.

    Relieving masters of the need to at least keep their property alive and healthy, and even give it some skills. “Help Wanted?” Every railroad in the South had plenty of room for enough Blacks to walk illegally close to one to fill the job opening.

    Replacements? Just beat and work the used ones to death and go arrest another hundred or so. Ever since 1828, Merriam-Webster got one definition dead-spot-on:

    “Base: lacking or indicating the lack of higher qualities of mind or spirit.” If the geographic jackboot fits, wear it. Just please not in the living room.

    Mark Dublin

  8. Self-driving cars aren’t coming soon ($).

    – “We’ve yet to define how ‘safe’ is safe”

    – “Either manufacturers must spend potentially decades testing small fleets or the public will wind up taking part in the process of testing them…. Infrastructure specific to autonomous vehicles such as smart traffic lights and camera systems could alert vehicles about pedestrians, cyclists and dangerous road conditions and help prevent accidents. Unfortunately, it has yet to be determined who would pay for the necessary infrastructure upgrades and whether Americans would be willing to accept more surveillance on their roads.”

    – “Unclear on who is liable when an accident happens…. Florida passed a law saying that the person who initiates a trip in an autonomous vehicle is considered the operator…. Until there are laws in place to protect them, it’s unlikely automakers will accept the risk of allowing drivers to use self-driving features without requiring them to remain ready to take control of the vehicle.”

    It’s the eighties so where’s our rocket packs? (Most of these predictions are still unfulfilled. But “[I thought by now I’d] have a robot run the vacuum”: now there are vacuuming discs that are robots. And, “In every house a picture-phone, communicate a little better.”)

    1. Thanks to a gift-trip by my family, some up-close observations on the elephants’ home ground in East Africa give me one message to animal lovers. If anybody could force an elephant up a pole, they’d never have survived the Roman Empire.

      There could actually be a Cannes Film Festival prize, though in a live documentary showing a certain reality-show creator attempting in real life to deny an intelligence-briefing to a member of this species who refuses to climb a pole.

      Absolutely no reason, incidentally, that ST can’t chose a credentialed Cannes- grade motion picture as a legitimate piece of public art. History or drama, up to Siskel and Ebert!

      Though I truly dread having to moderate meeting-venue clash between baby elephant and big-white-stork advocates as to whether the “Little Guy” who probably outweighed a car was being groomed to species-dominance.

      Or since it could have not only run but also flown or swam away any time it wanted, whether the stork would’ve pecked a hole in me for getting between him and his best, greyest, and biggest-eared little buddy.

      Either way, I’d have to “floor” my Land Rover to get out of that showing with my life! For real though….

      Choice of artist? I think we could both select widely and also encourage local artists to submit entries. Our region’s got people who really can compete.

      But my strongly-expressed complaint would’ve also been the same as with every ST public meeting on future service: Let’s hear from an engineer. Are you going to “foot” that pillar in range of any drunk’s vengeance-seeking pickup trunk-I-mean-TRUCK?

      By rights, the taxpayers get to see the plans and have their SAY. But jointly, the artists and the engineers say what gets DONE.

      Mark Dublin

  9. The following is an agenda item scheduled for this week’s ST System Expansion Committee meeting:

    “G. Resolution No. R2020-21: Amending the Adopted 2020 Budget for the Bus Base North
    project to support a property acquisition by (a) increasing the 2020 annual budget from
    $1,530,000 to $16,530,000 and (b) transferring $12,600,000 from the Construction Services
    phase to the Right of Way phase while maintaining the authorized project allocation of
    $48,676,000. – Materials Forthcoming”

    Anyone happen to know what property is involved here causing the last minute shifting of project dollars?

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