This is an open letter to Governor Inslee and State Representative Judy Clibborn prompted to some degree by The Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine piece, “Carless in Seattle.” It is now high time for the Governor and Representative Clibborn to show some leadership on the horrendous traffic situation on all Seattle corridors.
Examples from this past week alone include when a truck created havoc by bringing up piece of freeway that halted traffic for 11 hours and then this past Friday due to the closing of SR-520. I headed to Edmonds Saturday evening from the Island. It was a parking lot from the intersection of I-90 and I-5 south bound to Edmonds
What our legislatures are missing, is that these back ups are very dangerous and could lead to tragedy since we have no way to move masses of our citizens in time of a disaster, earthquake or otherwise.
So the answer is not more cement but rail, rail and more rail, high speed Shinkazens (bullet trains) east and west, north and south supported by a light rail system.
I love bikes, but they are not a practical alternative and cyclists are often rude and arrogant and are not paying a dime and are getting a free ride. They should be licensed. Inslee show some spunk here and make this an executive order…. For example, a modest fee of $15 to $20 and no charge for cyclists under 16-years-old. This would make bikers responsible road citizens and provide some revenue for a rail system.
So Governor Inslee and Representative Clibborn (up for reelection this November) use common sense. Stop doing what you think is right and do things right.
David R. Evans