commented on 79 Percent Increase in Link's Boardings
@2. We shouldn't have to wait. 5 *more* years, when the y're almost done with drilling, is a-b-s-u-r-d. At the very least they could consider staging the openings (UD>Roosevelt>Northgate) b/c every incremental stop will a) bring more users b) reduce car traffic meaningfully.
Would love to see a journalist compare the project schedule with similar projects elsewhere in the world. Even Bertha will be, start to finish, faster than the five years from now to Northlink opening.
Hoping ST has an "October surprise" of a big schedule breakthrough in the offing right before the election. Otherwise this schedule is nuts.
commented on University of Washington Used "Fight Club" Rule to Conceal KPLU Acquisition Plan from Public
HW3. I'd reverse your equation. Far harder to raise $7m in 5.5 months (while still raising $ for operations) than for a crew of experienced public radio folks to fund and run a (now even more popular) station. I imagine that when this is successful, they'll benefit from a tailwind of goodwill from both individual donors and institutional sponsors for a year or so, giving them some runway. Matt Martinez is a super smart guy and has run the drive well. Stephen Tan, the "Friends" board chair is an extremely able attorney and seems to have managed the legal/structural side beautifully so far.
KUOW's board, if it's operating as it should, may have some governance questions for the station. Curious that KUOW made a six figure investment in a streaming jazz service to 'learn what the public wants' when they were theoretically just months from taking ownership of a jazz service that already has decades of data on that topic. Best use of station funds?
commented on Light Rail to Capitol Hill and the U-District Opens March 19
And, #3, B/R/N is FIVE YEARS away. The 1,900 mile transcontinental railroad was built in 7 years. London just added 23 miles of tube station in 6 years.
By the tie B/R/N opens, its only impact will be to absorb *some* of the growth between now and then, which means that traffic will look as it does now.
I'm very in favor of light rail and mass transit, I just question the efficiency with which this project is('nt) being run.