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Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Sound Transit


Abolish agency, start over sensibly

The Jan. 10 article by Herald writer Bill Sheets, "Always work to be done," attempting to turn lemons into lemonade, concluded that multiple mudslides along the coast, frequently burying segments of the Sounder train railroad tracks, are really a blessing in disguise because they create jobs cleaning up mudslides. That's like saying wrecks on the freeway are really good because they create jobs in the insurance industry, towing, and repair services. That's nonsense!
It's another example of the ongoing political malpractice committed by members of the Board of Directors of Sound Transit since 1996. Sound Transit should be abolished, by ballot initiative, if necessary.
Light rail and Sounder trains should be cancelled and replaced with more sensible, efficient, high-speed transit systems, which would be a much better use of taxpayers' money (taxes are trust funds, not political slush funds for politicians.) Such a transit system should begin with shuttle buses circulating in high density population neighborhoods picking up commuters, like school buses pick up schoolchildren, and taking them to and from the nearest transit station, where they board high speed trains running in the median of freeways, not blocking access to beaches. Leaving one car at home can save each commuter up to $500 per month. If cars are needed at work, they can be loaded on railroad flat cars, like the auto ferries on Puget Sound.
John Flowers
Everett
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