Now That We’re On The Subject Of The Tunnel…
Those of us watching from afar are dismayed to see the tunnel is on the table, and the surface/transit option is not. A tunnel doesn’t give Seattle what it deserves, and you still have a choice.
The five reasons:
- First, the tunnel proponents project growing traffic, but all measures show traffic declining.
- Second, proponents state that economic growth requires new capacity, but growth occurred in the face of declining traffic.
- Third, government performance + public support +investment outcomes go hand-in-hand.
- Fourth, the tunnel costs an extra $1 billion for no additional return.
- Fifth, you don’t want to lose your world-class reputation for addressing energy and climate change.
Seattle was the first city in the country to require citizen participation in local planning; to take traffic-calming to scale; to have a free downtown transit zone. Choosing the surface option now is an investment that will pay dividends well into the 21st century. Green-light the surface, red-light the tunnel.