Vote YES on Proposition 1

Skeptical? This list of debunked myths might help. The debate is endless, and no, Proposition 1 is not perfect, but no mass transit package ever will be.

The City of Seattle always ranks near the top of U.S. cities for educational attainment. But all those big brains can be a curse, because most smarty pantses can’t control their inclination to analyze everything to death, and then to show off their smarty pantsness by endlessly ruminating over all the uncertainty that inevitably arises from thoughtful analysis of any complex issue. And so big plans usually die for lack of firm support.

The importance of passing Proposition 1 calls for a mind shift as radical as could be imagined for the majority of the Seattle area population: We must think more like President George W. Bush. That is, we must be Deciders. As in, 100% commitment, zero doubt. The antithesis of this.

Confidence is contagious. Tell your friends and coworkers. Call your grandmother. Hand out stickers. Write a self-indulgent blog post. Here’s the crux of mine:

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the passage of Proposition 1 would be an immensely beneficial step toward realizing a sustainable future for the Puget Sound Region. Vote YES on Proposition 1.

3 Responses to “Vote YES on Proposition 1”

  1. joshuadf

    Uh… Bush?

    My grandmother lives in Phoenix now, which embarrassingly is scheduled to beat us on light rail. Heck, Tacoma did! Dallas! Denver! Are these the cities that come to mind when you say “sustainable”?

    Vote YES on Proposition 1!

  2. John Niles

    Thanks for the reminder about the Seattle Weekly article last summer at http://www.seattleweekly.com/2008-07-30/news/light-rail-millions-and-millions-served/ .

    It’s quite good. Author Mark Fefer is talking about Prop 1 supporters when he writes, “To the light-rail faithful, there’s nothing to discuss, and price isn’t relevant. You could say it’ll cost $100 billion to get to Northgate and they wouldn’t blink. Light rail is just something you do —– other cities have it; of course Seattle should have it. People who live nowhere near the planned light-rail stops will nonetheless tell you they can’t wait for the convenience of light rail. But how will they get to it? Where will they park? What makes them vote for this thing that’ll be five miles away from where they live when they don’t take the bus that stops two blocks away? Who knows.”

    Here’s my endorsement: Prop 1’s nickel extra Sound Transit tax on a $10 purchase will provide the agency with an extra million dollars per day on top of the million per day they already get. The two million per day total supports the Prop 1 estimated 15 year price tag of $17,900,000,000, and it even supports whatever the project will cost with overruns. It’s plenty of money. Bucco bucks.

    Now divide the $17.9 billion by the 62,000 new one-way transit trips per day achieved by 2030 compared to just letting Sound Transit continue with the light rail to the airport and Husky Stadium that is already funded. This number is from the Sound Transit Mass Transit Plan passed last July 24.

    Like what you see in cost per new rider? Or, hey, divide $17.9 billion by the Yes campaign’s million riders per day of capacity, most of whom would have to stand, not sit in the rail cars because there are 76 seats for 200 riders at full capacity.

    Some of the people voting against Prop 1 like transit and even like trains, but not this plan, because of what it does versus what it costs.

  3. dan bertolet

    Hey there John Niles! I’m flattered to learn that you are a hugeasscity reader. So how come your comment link is pointing to a website that is still touting the debunked $107 billion and $60,000 per household cost?

    (http://www.bettertransport.info/pitf/index.htm)

    If you like trains as you seem to suggest, please explain how they can be built for less than what Sound Transit proposes to spend.

    $17.9b divided by 1 million rides/day divided by 365 days/year divided by 50 years = $1 per ride.

    Why don’t you tell us your real motivations for opposing Prop 1?

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