I emailed the following to the Seattle Times in response to their request for feedback regarding their “Livewire Event” forum. I posted it since they will likely ignore it.
Livewire Event Forum Pessimism Justified
While I did have the option of attending your Oct 29th “Livewire Event” forum I chose not to do so. The participants' Oct 27th Times Opinion page suggestions for reducing I-5 congestion showed they were unlikely to offer meaningful “solutions” to our area’s congestion. I referred the Times to my 10/27/15 post “Why I’m pessimistic about Seattle Times Livewire Event” on my blog http://stopeastlinknow.blogspot.com explaining my concerns.
The article in the Oct 30th Times and the videos of the four participants discussing “Solutions” to the area’s congestion justified my pessimism. One participant espoused the benefits of “retiming signal lights”, something apparently already planned for downtown Seattle. The other suggestions involved “ driverless smart cars and other technology improvements, providing a transportation system that "serves all users" (whatever that entails?), questioning the need for so many people to have cars, and “car sharing”.
What was a disappointment was the failure of Thanh Tan, the moderator, to even raise any of the issues from the emails I had referred her to. I was also disappointed that Mike Lindblom’s Oct 30th story about the forum made no mention of the fact that none of the forum participant’s suggestions would have any significant effect on the congestion he lamented on Oct 26th Times front page.
In conclusion, the fact the forum was sponsored by Sound Transit “explains” the forum participant’s comments. The fact that the Seattle Times moderator did not chose to “question” their “solutions” is unfortunate but no surprise. The likely result will be Sound Transit will continue with their plans for spending billions on Central Link extensions that will do absolutely nothing to reduce I-5 congestion and increase rather than decrease I-90 congestion.