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.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Livewire Event Forum Pessimism Justified

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. 

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