If you read only one article regarding ST3 vs other options,
read this one by Mass Transit Magazine.
Sound Transit has spent over $3 million trying to win your vote for ST3, heavily funded by those organizations and companies who stand to profit by getting paid the $54+ Billion it will cost. You are likely being bombarded by advertising by MassTransitNow and other sources. I’m not getting paid by anybody from any side. In fact, I had avoided discussing ST3 altogether until RideShareOnline (WSDOT) took an email address I used exclusively for that website and they gave it to MassTransitNow to start sending me email. This is quite illegal, but not above the tactics already demonstrated by this organization. So I am speaking out what I know about ST3. I urge you to take the time to explore and understand both sides of the issue with the equal depth of understanding. Know that it will be hard to get a balance with $3 million behind the pro campaign, vs citizen groups with limited resources on the NoST3 campaign. Start by reading these two articles:
1. Read this article on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and learn what true BRT is (not the hybrid models SoundTransit uses in their comparisons):
2. See what the national mass transit experts are saying about BRT compared to light capacity rail (LCR). This article was published just this week by Mass Transit Magazine, historically strong advocates of LCR. This article states:
More cities are considering BRT as a cost-effective mode of transportation. In 2015, the Maryland Lt. Governor publicly recommended BRT as an alternative to rail. And across the country, more than 20 new BRT systems are in the works. Why? Simply put, cost. Light rail is notoriously expensive — to the tune of approximately $150 to $250 million per mile. Comparatively, BRT — a mass transit solution initially developed in Latin America — is typically $10 to $30 million per mile.
The Traffic Group considers BRT to fit into the 80-20 Rule. This means BRT can often cost 20 percent of a light rail system but can capture 80-85 percent of light rail riders. In other words, this has the potential to save taxpayers millions of dollars while simultaneously reducing traffic congestion and providing great transit.
By the numbers: $54billion paid by 3 million people in the ST region = $18,000 per person.
Very few will ever ride it or benefit from others riding it. SoundTransit’s own studies say it won’t reduce congestion.
Yes, we need solutions, but choosing the wrong one will be make things worse by locking us into a money pit of expensive rail Sound Transit has repeatedly demonstrated bad judgment in use of our money. They spent nearly $1 Million on the party for the opening of just one rail stop. Sound Transit only offered us one choice. At the very least, we should be putting this up to a request for proposal to get multiple proposals of solutions to select from. If you were hiring someone to do something like remodel your house, you wouldn’t just get one estimate, would you? Why are we only considering light capacity rail or nothing?
Read this article by the experts and share it. I can’t pay you $3 million to share it, but I can save you $18,000 by voting NO to ST3.