“There’s a good chance the Proposition 1 ballot measure to expand light rail will fail, stalling for years comprehensive transportation planning in metro Puget Sound.”
“I think it’s pretty iffy whether or not, in this climate, people will accept that level of taxation.”
Sound Transit leaders today congratulated Seattle-area voters for giving future generations a regional train system.
Proposition 1, the $17.9 billion measure to expand light rail, commuter train and bus service, won easily, despite the national economic slump.
I no longer listen to the predictions of our local media talking heads. It’s clear now, more than ever, that these guys don’t know any more than I do about this stuff, and just because they write for newspapers or have been around for years doesn’t make their insight anymore prescient than mine.
They’re not bad people, and it’s not that they’re not smart… They’re just out of touch.
Seattle P-I columnist Joel Connelly ads this in the comments:
In defense of David Brewster, he had pro-Prop. 1 sign on his lawn. I twice witnessed him argue the case for light rail at breakfasts with skeptical neighbors.
He was clearly in touch, just pessimistic: After 40 years he had reason to be.