Latest Comments Earnest Thompson on Which Way for Washington’s Intercity Rail Program?Let's get our head out of the past. Cascade trains 🚂 at 110 mph are worthless and a waste of money 💰. 220 mph bullet trains Shinkansen would bring us up to already old technology the Japanese and French have . The 🇯🇵 Japanese are now implementing new Shinkansens at 300 mph. Those would bring us up to Current train standards and take years to build. The real answer is Hyperloop transportation Hyperloop pods are faster than jets - at 700 mph - have no noise - no pollution and they are The Solution . They are American companies and...Cuyahoga on Seattle District 2 candidate ratingsCould you explain a bit more your ratings process and how you gathered info about candidates? There doesn’t seem to be a lot of substance here or backup information regarding the positions stated. I get you all are volunteers and that endorsements are a tremendous lift but as a D2 voter I don’t find the information as presented very helpful in my decision making process. ColumbiaChris on Seattle District 2 candidate ratings"They are both for safer streets." Depending on your audience this can mean very different things. Marston Gould on Seattle District 2 candidate ratingsThanks for this - I'm a big proponent of congestion pricing. I've seen it work. Getting cars out of downtown would be a huge boon to this city. There are still far too many single car drivers. Al S. on Sunday Open Thread: District 4 MASS ForumI’m glad to see so much discussion of pedestrian issues in this forum. It’s really important for transit; much more than bicycle issues are. Dave F on About our 2019 endorsementsThere is really no need (or credible proposal) to widen 305. The last time WSDOT studied the issue, if I recall correctly, 40-50% of people crossing the Agate Pass bridge every day were driving to jobs in Winslow - not to the ferry. Whether you want to reduce traffic or carbon emissions (hopefully both), we would combat both problems by building affordable housing in the Winslow core, so that people who live in Poulsbo or Silverdale but work on Bainbridge could afford to live close to their jobs. Improving our land use policy isn't just important for places like Seattle...Dave F on About our 2019 endorsementsDense is a relative term - I'm talking about Bainbridge Island, not Seattle. The Winslow neighborhood does have a walkable core of multifamily condominiums, rental units, and townhomes. Hundreds of people who live in that neighborhood walk onto the ferry during their daily commutes to downtown Seattle. For that reason, Bainbridge is far more supportive of public transit than many other communities of a comparable size. Our city's comprehensive plan calls (required by the Growth Management Act) wisely calls for concentrating future growth in the Winslow core, rather than building sprawl throughout the island. Anthony Oddo supports the land use...Pat on News Roundup: War on VacancyA block-by-block rezone is practically begging to get bogged down in endless Seattle Process. What an absurd proposition. Brent on dxʷləšucid signsMaking dxʷləšucid signs on capital projects could easily be done within the 1% (or is it 2%?) for art budget or signage budget. If there is sacred open-space land west of Northgate Station that is still in government hands, I hope the relevant governmental entities realize the importance of the land and consider giving it back to the dxʷdəwʔabš. Or any other sacred lands in or near Si’ahl that aren't in private hands, for that matter. When the South Park Bridge re-opened, signage was added next to the walking paths talking about the Muckleshoot and dxʷdəwʔabš. At the very least,...Jeremy on About our 2019 endorsementsWills is not the worst major candidate in D6, but I’m extremely concerned that a lot of otherwise progressive people will vote for her out of fear of getting one of the really bad candidates (Garcia, Lisbin, Martin). She seems to give different answers to different groups, and can be baited into giving absolutely awful answers to law-and-order groups (check out her answers to the Downtown Seattle Association questionnaire). I’m stuck on what to do here, as a D6 voter. I think Melissa Hall is the best candidate, but I’m extremely concerned about her fundraising. Ed Pottharst is also pretty...Monday news roundup on Seattle District 2 candidate ratings[…] Seattle Transit Blog brings us election news. […] Scott Stidell on Sound Transit shows off new Siemens light rail vehiclesHusky Stadium is a landmark. It's a giant, noticeable structure whether or not there is a football game there. It's been there for 99 years. It is actually even an air traffic control waypoint. There is some sentiment here for a "Benaroya" station, and my guess is that far fewer people know where or what that is than would recognize Husky Stadium - football fan or no. You argue with one breath for "Symphony" and with another against "Husky Stadium." "Symphony?" I love the symphony but talk about a confusing name to anyone who does not attend the symphony. To...FBD on Sunday Open Thread: District 4 MASS ForumI hope you also intend to comment on King County Council races. Mike Orr on About our 2019 endorsementsThe top-two system gives voters their first or second choice. The parties don't like it because it prevents them from undemocratically getting second place on the ballot even if they're only third or fourth in votes. The parties claim their "freedom of association" is being violated, but why should they be able to restrict whom people can vote for? Washington was one of a wave of states that came in on a populist tide, and people don't trust the parties very much. There's been continuous support for a blanket primary or top-two primary or something similar so that people can...Mike Orr on Sunday Open Thread: District 4 MASS ForumGlad to make your day, Sam. Tom: "Removing in-city service from the County Council would (perhaps) shut the anti-city haters in the suburbs up about “your taxes giving rides to bums in Seattle”. Who's saying that? I've never heard that as an argument against. The motivation behind the No votes seem to be "I don't like taxes" and "I can't afford it." There's a large number of working-class people who feel like they can't afford more taxes because they have to buy gas so they can get to work -- the buses don't go where go or it would take...Jim Cusick on About our 2019 endorsementsWhat is his position on widening SR-305? Bernie on About our 2019 endorsementsOur ferry access to downtown Seattle means improving Bainbridge Island’s walkable, bicycle-friendly downtown core I'd like to think this is a parody but I fear not. Dave F on About our 2019 endorsementsCars, not cards. Although we shouldn't be littering cards on the road either... Dave F on About our 2019 endorsementsPlease endorse Anthony Oddo for the at-large seat on the Bainbridge Island City Council (https://www.anthonyoddo.org/). Our ferry access to downtown Seattle means improving Bainbridge Island's walkable, bicycle-friendly downtown core is an incredibly powerful way to reduce the number of cards on the road. Anthony is an urbanist and affordable housing advocate running against an anti-growth opponent. He is an advocate for safe streets, public transit, and multi-modal transportation. In his day job, Anthony is policy and programs coordinator at Housing Resources Bainbridge. When it comes to land use, housing, and transit, he gets it. Bernie on About our 2019 endorsementsI did a little online "research"; Heidi Wills being in a minor way associated with the Colacurcio businesses should not be held against her. She lost her seat in a really dirty campaign (hey, it's politics). She has significant positive experience in the intervening decades and an opponent bringing this up is suspect. Nathan Schumer on About our 2019 endorsementsHonorable mention to Mizan Rahman, who is challenging an incumbent and has good (if not amazing) transportation policies Sam on Sunday Open Thread: District 4 MASS ForumYou people are funny. One day you say all regional transit agencies should be taken over and run by Sound Transit, then the next day you say regional transit agencies need to be split up. Make up your mind. Sam. The Northwest's Most Respected Transit Journalist. Bernie on About our 2019 endorsementsI can't get behind the multiple votes and weighting idea; although I do believe it address a legitimate problem. What we've been taught in school for at least 50 years is that what we have is a two party system. We do have a two party system (nationally) and although it's messy I think European democracies have shown there is and should be a way to "vote the bums out of office" vs voting for the bum in the other party. Novoselic from Nirvana supports the idea of a weighted voting and articulates the rational for it very well. I...Morgan Wick on About our 2019 endorsementsThis would be great if you didn't still have to vote for a single candidate... #rangeorapprovalvotingforeveryone Al S. on Sunday Open Thread: District 4 MASS ForumI find the LA County model curious. There, the sales tax for transit is collected countywide, but each city decides which agency gets part of their share. That keeps operators on their toes or a city might threaten to change where their transit dollars go. Because of this, LA county has several operators — and many city-sponsored neighborhood circulator operations.