Here Comes Reality

[ Blue Duwamish, a lighting installation on the Sound Transit Light Link bridge over the Duwamish River; photo: Dan Corson ]

In the same week that the Puget Sound region votes to tax itself to fund $18 billion in transit, come reports that GM and Ford are “running on fumes.” The dots are being connected. All over the country.

Meanwhile, California recently passed SB 375, a bill designed to reduce the greenhouse emissions produced by cars by encouraging more efficient land use. In recognition of the link between vehicle miles traveled and sprawl, the bill offers local governments transit funding and provides incentives for compact, transit-oriented development.

Not the best era to be in the car business.