Latest Comments Richard Bullington on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?"trail" not "train" at the end of the first paragraph. Freudian slip? Mark Dublin on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?Talking right now, Richard. Mark Richard Bullington on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?That track was truncated about a half miles to the east of Central Lacey. If you look at Google Earth you can see its track; it runs down the middle of Pacific Avenue as "The Woodland Trail" between the two traffic circles and parallels Lacey Boulevard west of the westernmost traffic circle. I doubt Lacey is excited enough to have commuter rail service to give up its very central and widely used train. West of...Mark Dublin on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?Is Brian Bundridge still in range of wi-fi? I mean not at the throttle of the Trans Siberian. Because I think several years ago he mentioned, accurately from what I can see, that what tracks are still left between Lacey and Olympia aren't in shape for passengers. I think some are now foot and bike paths. Thing that ticks me off worst is that when I moved to Olympia in January 2014, it was a...Richard Bullington on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?Mark, I doubt BNSF would allow that, because every scoot would have to cross both main tracks. The Bypass enters on the east side track (the traditional northbound when it was block signals) and the spur to Lacey connects to the west side track. That means that every scoot would foul both main tracks for about two miles. Warren is not going to let us mess up his railroad that much. And honestly, there is...Mark Dublin on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?Nothing at all new about this, Scott. US history's champion fake patriots have always been the slaver-holders and their sympathizers, constituents, and proud descendants. The "Freedom" they were, and are, willing to destroy their country for was and is the freedom to obliterate millions of other people's freedom. The world's worst tyrant was Abraham Lincoln. Barack Obama pathetic imitation tyrant. That's why it's tempting to advocate letting the best-known Confederate flags flutter their way gracefully...TJ on Verdict on Platform Decals: MehStanding at Westlake one afternoon a few weeks back (when the markers were still on the floor) the train came, doors opened, and most people on the platform moved to board the train blocking the doors as people tried to exit. I see this a lot of course. What was unusual about this particular day was that one of the several people trying to exit was none other than Peter Rogoff! That was probably the...Mike Orr on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?Your state legislators can make the train happen, and arrange for Intercity Transit to manage the taxes and budget and coordinate with Sound Transit. But if you're extending Sounder to Lacey, why not go all the way to Olympia? Is Lacey really close enough to be good enough long-term? I've never been down to Thurston County because of the lack of transit -- only once in a car when my dad had business in the...Scott Stidell on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?There is a certain segment of our body politic who at best pay lip service to that quaint idea known as "democracy," by which they mean "we like it, if we win - otherwise just do what we want." It's a close corollary of the "what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine" principle. More than tangentially related are the "local/states' rights" crowd who do not want you or I to decide what they...Mark Dublin on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?Thanks, Mike. Kidding about the boats is getting old, for reasons you mention. Though I'm lucky enough to have a car I really like, a choice of routes same, but most of all, absolute leisure not to have to get to a job. I'd rather spend three hours at my own speed, including coffee breaks, than an hour stuck in traffic. Though never sure it won't be more, and suddenly, between exits and no way...djw on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman? Worst thing in Government at all levels, throughout time, is a liberal Democrat whose ideas are even holder than he (or lately she) is. As is frustratingly often the case, my lack of Mark Dublin comment translator leaves me unable to follow the conversation. I have literally no idea what this means. Nonetheless, I sincerely doubt that the subset of liberal Democrats Mark is attempting to describe here are (perhaps an example would help--can...Andrew Villeneuve on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?Lizz, this is a great piece. Thanks for putting it together. One thing that's important to know... you write: "Eyman needs to collect 259,622 signatures from voters by December 29 for this initiative to go to the State Legislature." It would be more accurate to say Eyman needs 259,622 *valid* signatures from Washington voters by that date. If he does not have an adequate cushion, he will not qualify I-947, because some signatures will be...Andrew Villeneuve on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?"TE is not even trying to repeal the gas tax increases because people hardly notice the gas tax." Regardless of how noticeable the gas tax is, the right wing in this state has a history of trying to thwart gas tax increases. The anti-tax crowd opposed Gary Locke's 2002 highway funding referendum, and in 2005, John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur organized an initiative (I-912) to repeal the gas tax increase in the 2005 Transportation Package....Mike Orr on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?That could be a good sight, if all the transit agencies and cities across the state line up unanimously to oppose this, as Pugetopolan entities did to support ST3. That could get people to realize the statewide importance of transit and the inadequate shape it's in more than anything else has. Mike Orr on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?Mark comes from a time where workers across society were in this thing called a union, which exerted enough pressure that politicians both D and R focused on the rights of workers and consumers. That's arguably more liberal than the recent movement to the left. (Although it had a blind spot for non-whites.) Mark, your ferry won't be any faster. And you'd have to get to north Tacoma to catch it -- still going through...Richard Bullington on A New Streetcar Vision for 2017Streetcars used to go to Alki Point. I believe that a single track line actually skirted the north shore as well. John Slyfield on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?Let's keep voting until the results go our way. Heck let's have a do over of last year's presidential election. That's not how it works people!! Alex on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?This is why the gas tax is a superior funding source (for now - EVs will erode it eventually). TE is not even trying to repeal the gas tax increases because people hardly notice the gas tax. If the gas tax was increased and the "weight fee" repealed, we could have the same funding level for roads and lower car tabs. Zachary B on A Do-over for Whom, Tim Eyman?Or maybe not charlatan, I dunno. I just don't like him and what he's been trying to do time and time again as many others have said here. For me, i see it not happening as it will likely be thrown out as it has been deemed unconstitutional 6 times now. Along with you'll likely see a decently sized coalition against him from all transit agencies in WA if it was to get to the...Glenn in Portland on A New Streetcar Vision for 2017These types of circulators work well when separated from traffic like the Metromover is. Putting it on the ground and letting it get stuck in traffic would result in a quite different popularity. Putting it on the ground and giving it separate right of way gets you light rail.