Latest Comments Lazarus on Open Letter to Sound Transit: Study First Hill Station“Zero.” There is zero realistic chance that a First Hill option will progress. Frankly this is getting a little tiring. STB staff was told before the ST3 vote that a First Hill option was a non-starter. Nothing has changed. STB should accept reality and move on. Ness A on Open Letter to Sound Transit: Study First Hill StationThe answer to that depends on how willing Sound Transit is to listen to perspectives that aren't what they've decided is the Only Way To Do Things. Carl on Open Letter to Sound Transit: Study First Hill StationThe TRU is right on calling on ST to study this more thoroughly. I wish the TRU would focus on things benefiting transit riders, like more service, rather than their attack on the plan to buy more service hours from private contractors when Metro is unable to provide more service. That attach doesn't benefit riders and the way government works, those revenues will get permanently redirected, like some of them already are to fund the...Al S. on Open Letter to Sound Transit: Study First Hill StationIt’s pretty amazing how ST can offer to study the extra expense of a tunnel in lower-density West Seattle and under the Ship Canal, but can’t explore First Hill. I’m glad that TRU is calling them out for trying to please wealthier neighbors there yet ignore the tens of thousands of folk (including many with lower incomes) who are on First Hill every day. I’m particularly disappointed at the silence of Harborview administration and King...Mike Orr on News Roundup: Breaking GroundEspecially when so many people are living one paycheck away from needing it. In the 1970s this wouldn't have been as big an issue but it is now. When people can work full-time at minimum wage and can't even afford a minimal apartment, and many people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s are working such jobs (whereas in the 1970s it was just teenagers), and there are many things that happen outside people's control such...RossB on News Roundup: Breaking GroundFocusing businesses are transit friendly areas like the Federal Way Transit Center, the Tacoma Dome, Kent Station, Downtown Tacoma, Auburn Station, and their correlaries north of King County should be our focus, until such time that the housing market in North King makes a serious correction and welcomes working class families. Why not just ask businesses to move to Spokane, since it is cheaper there? Your suggestion would not be good from a *regional* transit...Mark Dublin on Open Letter to Sound Transit: Study First Hill StationIf this station isn't the most important one on the Level, let's just cover all our bases and pretend it is. To all the points in the editorial, add the clincher. A high speed traffic- weather- and- event-resistant connection between the rest of an expanding region and the State's top Emergency Rooms. Which on an ordinary day also serve thousands of people with a lot of other reasons to need a hospital, in addition to...AlexKven on Open Letter to Sound Transit: Study First Hill StationBoren Ave or bust. An 8th Ave station would push a real First Hill station out for generations. RossB on News Roundup: Breaking GroundI don't think you got my point. Here is what you wrote: We can’t both tell companies to move to urban locations and berate them for doing so. No one has done that. You have people (like you, me, asdf2, etc.) saying companies should move to urban locations and then *applauding* them for doing so. The only one who opposes this (on this thread, anyway) is Engineer, and he -- to the best of my...Jack on Open Letter to Sound Transit: Study First Hill StationThis editorial is spot on, ST should study this alternative before the alignment is set. Now is the time, before Level 2 is finalized. James on Open Letter to Sound Transit: Study First Hill StationIs there any realistic possibility of advancing the First Hill option at this point? I thought the Level 2 alternatives had already been finalized. I think we should keep fighting for this, don’t get me wrong, but I’m curious about what the realistic prospects are. Dondegroovily on When will Kitsap County join Sound Transit?Also, the Golden Gate connects San Francisco to the entire northern California coast. The Kitsap peninsula is a literal dead end - besides, it already has a bridge. Glenn in Portland on When will Kitsap County join Sound Transit?But there is still no rail transit line that parallels the Golden Gate Bridge, because it would be too expensive for too few riders. Sprawl based development is only really served by highways, which is why anything beyond the ferry will have to be a road bridge. Luni Libes on When will Kitsap County join Sound Transit?>> Since when is population density a red herring? Holy cow, it is arguably the most important predictor of ridership. << I'm in total agreement, for predicting ridership in a neighborhood where transit is new. If we were discussing a Kitsap Airport to compete with SeaTac, then density of Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson, and Clammam would be relevant. The same if we were talking about putting the NBA basketball stadium over here. But in this case...Dondegroovily on When will Kitsap County join Sound Transit?Kitsap joining Sound Transit? Well, maybe if a chunk of the tax revenue goes to better ferries. And transit connections to Tacoma. Mark Dublin on Podcast #62: Iconic Parking LotsOK. Since I'm not their employer anymore, Seattle City Council doesn't have to worry I'll help fire them if I wanted to, so I don't expect a lot of time from or about them. But after five years sixty miles away- even the council members I recognize, I don't remember seeing any of them before. And it bugs me. Let alone being able to figure out why they can't use the most money Seattle's ever...RossB on When will Kitsap County join Sound Transit?@Glenn -- We both meant a train to Manhattan, not a train on Staten Island. I mentioned the train on the island as an example of how wonderful it would be if they could connect it to Manhattan (lots and lots of one seat rides to a major employment center). But there is no train between Manhattan and Staten Island, because projects like that are extremely expensive, and there are better values (there and elsewhere)....RossB on When will Kitsap County join Sound Transit?Since when is population density a red herring? Holy cow, it is arguably the most important predictor of ridership. You can totally screw up the network, have the vehicles stuck in traffic, and yet still get good ridership if you manage to go through a densely populated area. Muni Metro, in San Fransisco, is a great example of this. More riders use it than ride BART, despite the average speeds being extremely slow, while BART...Mark Dublin on Podcast #62: Iconic Parking LotsThe "Head Tax" was deservedly doomed by its own title. Which was obviously based on the terrible racist slur cast upon Pacific Island and Amazon River (the one in South America, not South Lake Union!) cultures. Ginned up to cover the fact that (Whichever Genders' Majesty's) fleet morale required the Marine Wildlife Welfare Society to post "Do Not Feed Captains to the Sharks" signs on every railing.Put the whitefish and the herring off-flavor. And also...mdnative on Podcast #62: Iconic Parking LotsYup. The folks who opposed the head tax from Safe Seattle/Nextdoor aren't going to go quietly into the night if/when property taxes are raised to pay. It's just that Amazon won't pay for signature gatherers.