About this blog

My name is Bill Hirt and I'm a candidate to be a Representative from the 48th district in the Washington State legislature. My candidacy stems from concern the legislature is not properly overseeing the WSDOT and Sound Transit East Link light rail program. I believe East Link will be a disaster for the entire eastside. ST will spend 5-6 billion on a transportation project that will increase, not decrease cross-lake congestion, violates federal environmental laws, devastates a beautiful part of residential Bellevue, creates havoc in Bellevue's central business district, and does absolutely nothing to alleviate congestion on 1-90 and 405. The only winners with East Link are the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington and their labor unions.

This blog is an attempt to get more public awareness of these concerns. Many of the articles are from 3 years of failed efforts to persuade the Bellevue City Council, King County Council, east side legislators, media, and other organizations to stop this debacle. I have no illusions about being elected. My hope is voters from throughout the east side will read of my candidacy and visit this Web site. If they don't find them persuasive I know at least I tried.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Times Editorial Wrong Again,

When I first glanced at the Wednesday (10/24) Times Opinion page headlining “No Way to Run a Commuter Line” I thought they’d finally decided something had to be done.  Boy was I wrong!   Somehow the Times concluded that the reason for “Sounder ridership not meeting expectations” was “Sounder North had not met expectations” for reliability with comments “getting to work cannot be a roll of the dice”  

What an absurdity! First of all, anyone whose ride on the train was cancelled can easily switch over to the ST510 bus that leaves the same station every 10 to 15 minutes and takes them to 5th and Pine in less than an hour.  Second, since most of the cancellations are due to mudslides it’s not clear what the Times is suggesting as a remedy.  Surely any attempt to prevent future blockages would be expensive or they would have been done long ago.

The editorial touches on the fundamental Sounder problem that most commuters would rather ride a bus that takes them to near where they work rather than a train to the King Street Station.  Their solution is “Sound Transit needs to simplify things”.  What the hell does that mean?  Simplify what?

For years the Times has turned a blind eye to Sound Transit’s mendacity and incompetence.  The fact they would chose this rationale to finally criticize them continues their refusal to meet responsible journalism standards.  

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