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June 30, 2005

Sensible concern from friends of the Monorail

It's really annoying to watch the forces of "can't do Seattle" pile on to the Monorail. While the Monorail's financing plans are less than ideal, those who criticize ought to offer constructive criticism, not shrill backbiting.

Which is why I admire Nick Licata and Tom Carr, two longtime monorail supporters, who took the time to write a letter to the Monorail expressing their concerns, but instead of whining "kill the Monorail" they suggest that the Monorail explore more radical options: putting the contract out for re-bid, raising taxes to improve the financing, etc.

Seattle needs modern public transit that won't get caught in traffic. Monorail is a good technology for a hilly, watery city. The people have voted for it four times. We need to find a way to make the numbers work. Our elected (and appointed) officials owe us no less.

Posted by Jon Stahl on June 30, 2005 at 06:49 AM in Policy | Permalink


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