Yes, Paine Field should be on route

Just read Noah Haglund’s wonderful report on July 1, “Light rail: Should a route go to Paine Field?” As somebody with impairments that make me feel safer using mass transit instead of driving, and as a huge aviation enthusiast; I am joyful Sound Transit is finally considering increasing transit access to Paine Field. Especially as Paine Field has four great museums that are tourist attractions — namely Future of Flight, Historic Flight Foundation, Flying Heritage Collection and Museum of Flight Restoration Center — seemingly left out of transit plans.

For the immediate future being I visit Paine Field; I pledge to regularly patronize a private sector or public sector circular bus servicing the four museums around Paine Field that links up with current Community Transit bus services; especially on Saturdays in the summer. A circular would certainly enhance the airport.

But long term, I sure would love to see light rail service Paine Field as well if light rail could service other Paine Field tenants too. However, after reviewing Sound Transit’s plans, I wish Sound Transit would not seemingly duplicate Community Transit’s Swift bus route but rather use the Boeing freeway and the Mukilteo Speedway (Highways 526 and 525).

Joe Kunzler

Sedro-Woolley