If you haven’t, you should read Josh Feit’s good-but-too-snarky interview with Gov. Chris Gregoire. The part that jumped out at me was about light rail:
I would do north before south. I’ve said to both the mayor and Joni [Earl, Sound Transit executive director]: Let me see what it is.
Wrong answer. The right answer: “I’m excited to see their plan, and I’m excited to promote light-rail expansion this year.” After all, she was gung ho about a light-rail plan that included 185 miles of new roads. Why so finicky about light rail only?
I think the Governor is focused on replacing the 520 bridge and pushing ahead with the Alaskan Way Corridor Project. Light rail is a local issue, and besides freeing up MVET for use by Sound Transit, the Governor should not be a major player on the issue.
The fact that Josh is asking Gregoire to do heavy lifting for a light rail package that doesn’t exist yet is goofy, especially considering The Stranger’s ignorant slagging-off of light rail between the airport and Tacoma. I mean, what happens when Sound Transit 2.1 comes out and they find that not enough of it is being built in Capitol Hill?