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December 18, 2006

Big Ideas, Not Enough Money

Not only do we have no idea where to find enough money for a Viaduct-replacing tunnel, we're $2 billion short on the tab for replacing 520.

We should tear down the Viaduct, and use the money to replace 520.  We're going to have to live without the Viaduct for a few years no matter what.  If we can live without it for 3-3.5 years, or with less than 50% capacity for 5.25-7 years, then surely we can live without it forever.  Let's try putting in place the mitigation strategies (which we'll need to do no matter what), then closing it for a while to see how things go.  We'll adapt just fine.

Posted by Jon Stahl on December 18, 2006 at 08:25 PM in Policy | Permalink

Comments

I second this. How about we folks in Seattle start preparing for the post-oil, lesser-tax-income era by making a sane transportation policy that suits us for 10-20-30 years from now?

Posted by: Lynn | Dec 18, 2006 9:41:19 PM

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