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  •  The Grown-ups spoke. (none)
    I-912 was defeated because people are beginning to realize that you can't get something for nothing.  Tim Eyman (who's Grover's be-yotch) doesn't understand that.  

    Our roadways are grossly underfunded, and the 40% growth we can expect in Snohomish County in the next 20 years must be prepared for now.  It takes too long to build highways.

    Here's a really scary thought:

    Consider how crowded Interstate 5 is right now during rush hour.  Now, add 40% more cars.  Oh, and don't forget 40% more large trucks to deliver goods and food, etc. to those 40% more people.  Consider for a moment that one semitruck displaces about three passenger vehicles.  

    The real challenge is going to be moving commerce in the Puget Sound basin.  Trucks will spend more time clogged in day-long traffic jams.  Prices will rise.  Things will get uglier and much more expensive.

    Just thought I'd share...

    •  That's why WSDOT is looking harder at rail. (none)
      Sound Transit is making progress in leaps and bounds with Sounder on existing tracks, and the WSDOT and ST both have plans to improve this service (like building a new multimodal terminal in Edmonds and new tracks) to take pressure off the highways. You're right that highways take too long to build - there's a lot less work involved in laying rail, and it lasts longer. Transportation between major urban cores can be handled better with multimodal trips - park and rides are very effective at moving people onto more dense forms of transportation.

      by Bensch on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 01:46:27 PM PST

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