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This document doesn't say highways are bad -- it says, bad or unnecessary highways are bad!
On that we actually have common ground.
While Puget Sound has spent billions on transit and transportation it has built no new main highway over the last two decades while suburban population has nearly doubled!
Instead it has dumped billions into the downtown that has become increasingly overpopulated, expensive and acting as a traffic constrictor for everyone else.
99 now backs up to the Zoo pretty regularly, and is fully jammed through Fremont. Ten years ago 99 could slow a little in these areas, but you'd still be doing the speed limit unless there was a baseball game and a fender bender.
During the time that I-90 was closed entirely for repairs, I monitored the traffic on I-5 and I-405 using the WSDOT maps.
The southern segments of both -- Renton to Bellevue and Renton to Seattle -- were both backed up. Even without the traffic issues of the interchanges. Moreover the traffic slowness was after the Renton interchange and before the I-90 interchange.
That is -- these highways are badly designed even when there is no impact from major entering or exiting traffic! We have a system of highways built to fail no matter what.
Peotip- Holden. A real journalist would find multiple sources before writing. And despite your and the idiot mayors dreams cars are and will be the main form of personal transport for most Americans. Not mass transit. Certainly not children's toy bicycles. Cars.
....about nothing. Ever.
For the help, you needn't thank me. Daily acts of kindness are important.
Had we gone with the cut and cover tunnel that included the seawall rebuilding then transit could easily have been incorporated from the outset
It's pathetic that you think anything The Stranger writes has any faintest faint hint of moral or ethical value. Or any pretense whatever to journalism.
Distress me? Nah. Amuse me? Oh yes. Coming from a guy who typifies what you decry in me? Hilarious!
but no one at the state ever explained to me how the trucks are "mobile" once they hit the stop lights at Green Lake.
You can't tell your skankhole from the deepbore tunnel!
Could it be that millennials aren't buying cars because they don't have fucking jobs?
No, not possible.
What's your obsession with the sexual choices my kids haven't made, given their ages?
You of all people, since you think raising a kid to value morality and integrity and family to be child abuse, should be grateful to know that a 97% or better chance exists my children aren't afflicted with the disorder if homosexual inclinations. You of all people should wish my children to have healthy heterosexual desires since you think raising them to believe in reality is bad for kids.
But as it happens I'd say I was average in my family, with a sister and brother possessing more raw intelligence. So light up a joint or whatever drugs have made you what you are, and celebrate! For once you've gotten something half right!
Nothing. It didn't matter how wrong they were. They just pretended they never said it and carried on making pronouncements on how things ought to be.
So now you can promise the completed tunnel will be greeted with flowers and everything will be fine. Why not say it? Talk is cheap. And if you're wrong, there will always be a hundred reasons why "nobody could have predicted" it.
So which is it? Is it a choice to be gay and lesbian, as you suggest by referring to the "choices [your] kids haven't made," or is it something people are born with, as you suggest by referring to "a 97% or better chance"?
Which one? Choice, or inborn?
@26 - You're right, which makes it worse. They should've known better.
Just take I-5 and use the Express Lanes and/or I-90 collector/distributor lanes, like everybody else does. Locals have been using this route since the 90's for a reason.
Yeah, it might be an ok option to get to the airport from Ballard for those willing to pay the toll, but how many people are going to the airport from Ballard every day? How many people need to get downtown to their jobs? What WSDOT aren't admitting to is that their traffic models don't really take into account what's going to happen just before the tunnel. Every day people will get on 99 from Shoreline and south on their way to work. They will all bottleneck around Denny trying to get off and will inevitably block the tunnel access as 99 will be a daily parking lot from Denny to the Zoo.
You'd be better off going to the airport via I-5 where you can at least get in the carpool lane. Or who knows, maybe by the time they get the tunnel finished we'll have light rail to Ballard and you can take that to the airport.
It's also worth noting the 509/167 Gateway project promises to make connections to 509 possible from South of the airport and to make a connection directly from 509 to 167 possible. The ultimate goal is to get some cars onto 509 which is currently chronically underutilized. Combined with the tunnel it creates a much more credible alternative to I-5 through King County for many drivers.
Or, another $1.2 billion we could be spending on transit. Aiiiii!
Suddenly I am beginning to see why our transportation system is so screwed up. People don't even know the fastest route to take.
I-5 is always, hands down, the best route from anything north of Marginal Way to the airport. If you live in Georgetown, go ahead and take 99. Otherwise, you're seriously doing it wrong.
The light rail lines didn't improve anything. Link takes 6 minutes longer than the old 194, and 2 minutes longer than the old 174 at a higher cost to the customer and the transit agency. They put so many stops on Link it makes the commute worse, not better. If they had cut out the Rainier Valley entirely (something that even The Stranger's own original transit plan had, moving it to the Auburn/Renton spur), then it would have been the rail line we needed to the airport.
I am confident, however, that if it is is eventually complete, a cost benefit-analysis will rather stongly show that if the main accomplishment of the tunnel is "helping North Seattle residents get to the airport slightly more quickly" it will look like an extraordinarily wasteful expenditure of 3-6 billion dollars of scarce money for transportation enhancements. If this is how the defenders of this boondoggle make the case for the project, that's as damning as any critique I could offer.
>> How difficult would it be to turn it into part of a new subway or other mass transit system?
See: Thames Tunnel - The tunnel was originally designed for, but never used by, horse-drawn carriages. It now forms part of the London Overground railway network.