(As promised today I filed as a candidate for governor and submitted the following for “Voters Pamphlet”. As with my 4 previous candidacies, I did so with no expectation (or desire) of being elected, but as my way to “make a difference” by attracting attention to this blog. My hope is voters will be receptive to posts dealing with the failure of the Sound Transit light rail extensions to deal with Seattle area congestion and the insanity of WSDOT plans to spend hundreds of millions for widespread use of HOT lanes to reduce statewide congestion. Both need to be "redirected". I also intend to delve into the efficacy of limiting CO2 emissions as the way to limit "climate change" and attempts to use "renewable energy" to meet the area's energy needs.
My candidacy is an attempt to emulate the little girl in the Hans Christian Anderson fable telling the villagers the “King has no clothes”. That contrary to what the “weavers” (Sound Transit and WSDOT) and the “wise men” (the media, city councils, many legislators, and others) tell the “villagers” (the rest of us) light rail is no “magic carpet”. That, unlike BART, the Seattle tunnel limits light rail capacity to the point where none of the Prop 1 extensions will have the capacity needed to significantly reduce the area’s congestion.
It’s the culmination of an effort that began more than 7 years ago to expose the fantasy in the Sound Transit/WSDOT East Link 2008 DEIS. It’s evolved into critiques of all of Sound Transit's Prop 1 light rail extensions and their failure to address the area’s congestion problems. The ST3 vote this fall for projects that don’t begin until 2023 “suggests” Sound Transit needs the funds for Prop 1 despite claims to the contrary. Rejecting ST3 may force Sound Transit to “reconsider” the extensions. My goal is to convince the “villagers” to do just that.
I urge voters from throughout the state who care about congestion to visit my blog http://stopeastlinknow.blogspot.com. Since its inception the more than 300 posts have attracted more than 34,000 page views without a single serious rebuttal. The posts opine not only about the ST/WSDOT “weavers” but the “wise men” who, if not cheering them on, have quietly acquiesced.
They provide details as to why the current Prop 1 extensions won’t work and how for a fraction of the time and money BRT could provide public transit that allows far more commuters to leave their cars near where they “live” rather than where they “work”, reducing congestion for everyone.
BS (1961), MS (1962), Engineering, Iowa State University
My appreciation of the benefits from public transit was fostered by commuting primarily by bus during my last 15 years at Boeing. After retiring I traveled extensively throughout UK and Europe where I experienced how transit works in London and all the major cities in Europe. Last year I “experienced” subways in New York and Toronto. Unfortunately Sound Transit refuses to recognize the limits imposed on light rail by the Seattle tunnel prevent the Prop 1 extensions from ever having the capacity needed to replicate those transit systems.