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At least this time, if shortsighted, low information or at least somewhat evil voters pass this, we can all scream, "HA! HA! Suck it, Eastside!"
Spend the money to run it up to Northgate sooner/faster or make a nice Belltown, Interbay, Magnolia, Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, U-district loop.
Tim Eyman’s head is so far up his ass it’s a wonder he can even drive these days. Once again, I’m offering to help him move to Texas where he and Rick Perry can be best buds. I’ll put in the first $100 into a Tim Eyman moving-to-Texas fund. If he objects to Texas, then AZ might be the next best place - he and Russell Pearce can cook up more shortsighted, hateful legislation and play dodge-the-ethics-rules with their funding sources. Besides, Tim’s prettier than Jan Brewer, so he can take over the sound bites that KPHO/KPNX and all the other crappy “news” stations in Phoenix insist on showing time after time after time.
I do realize there are normal every day people in Bellevue who really do want the light rail, I just wish they would try to yell louder than the developer douche bags.
Also, a majority of voters in Bellevue and the Eastside support East Link so screwing them because of an obnoxious minority or prejudice about the 'burbs is pointless and counterproductive.
If both I-90 and 520 are tolled, then it's easy to adjust the toll rates of both so that the traffic never exceeds the capacity of the bridges. That way, we could get 520 to flow without HOV lanes. WSDOT has thus far refused to look at that possibility, despite many requests and a City Council resolution (31109) in favor of I-90 tolling. Instead, WSDOT prefers solutions that require more pavement, more debt, and more destruction of wetlands, views and parks.
I-1125 passage would dramatically lower the already grim funding prospects for WSDOT's massive and highly dysfunctional 520 expansion plan (see http://sustainable520.org). So least one bad outcome would be prevented if it passed.
I can't believe that asshole is still waging his ignorant campaign against public transport.
Tim may be a horse's ass, but this also may be the only way to crush the 520 boondoggle aka highway for rich people.