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Apr 19 Mahtli69 commented on How to Get Light Rail to Ballard Faster.
@5 I will add that the folks who frequent Nextdoor represent a very narrow demographic. Don't think for a moment that they actually represent the neighborhood. The sane people don't post there.
Apr 19 Mahtli69 commented on How to Get Light Rail to Ballard Faster.
@5 What you say about the nimby's is true, except the condos are already built, the parking is already gone, and the people are already there. All that is fine with me if there is a way to get around the city.
Apr 19 Mahtli69 commented on How to Get Light Rail to Ballard Faster.
@2 whatever, same tactics. Metro operates the light rail for Sound Transit.

@3 the timeline is the problem, obviously. Ballard is being built denser NOW, without any supporting infrastructure. It needs light rail yesterday, not in 22 (or 18) years. Fucking priorities.
Apr 19 Mahtli69 commented on How to Get Light Rail to Ballard Faster.
Here is Sound Transit's formula:

Short-change Seattle projects, despite them being the most critical pieces, knowing that 1) we are so pro-transit that we will probably vote for it anyway, and 2) we will take steps to fund the in-city bits on our own, so they don't have to.

This plan worked well with the buses, where some lines were nonsensically reduced despite being efficient/profitable and packed to the gills. Seattle responded by funding its own levy to cover the budget gap.

Someone please remind me why we need Sound Transit at all ...
Mar 30 Mahtli69 commented on Build It.
@18 - I doubt it. My alternative is for Seattle to go it alone and fund transit within the city on its own. We already did this last year to save some bus lines that Metro was going to cut (despite them being packed to the gills during commuting hours).

Sound Transit doesn't seem to be up to the task, and has too many constituencies to please. Some of those longer proposed suburban lines are just stupid, and are only there to get votes.
Mar 30 Mahtli69 commented on Build It.
@12 - I am willing to pay more for a reasonable timeline. What is proposed is a non-starter. It's not a matter of capability, but priorities. I shudder at the thought that I could move to north to the suburbs for a faster commute downtown than from many points within the city limits. How does that not encourage more sprawl? What about all of the density and urban villages that are being built within the city limits NOW?
Mar 30 Mahtli69 commented on Build It.
You will be hard-pressed to find someone who supports light-rail more than me, and I think ST3 is a big pile of shit.

Ballard, which is being rebuilt with more density and less parking NOW (hooray!), doesn't get anything for 22 years (say what?!?!?) ... What a fucking disaster.
Mar 25 Mahtli69 commented on Sound Transit Unveils $50 Billion Light Rail Package Including Lines to Ballard and West Seattle.
Ballard needs light rail yesterday. Fuck the suburbs.
Mar 23 Mahtli69 commented on New Column!.
Too soon
Feb 11 Mahtli69 commented on UPDATED: Oregon Standoff Ends As Final Occupier Surrenders.
Hopefully the occupiers had the decency to separate the used dildos from the unused ones.