In regards to the Sound Transit board members and their discovery of the high cost of tunneling under Union Bay and under Capitol Hill for the proposed light rail system, the following suggestions are pertinent:
1. The proposed tunneling should be deleted from any further consideration. The money saved from this expensive activity would cover many good alternatives.
2. In lieu of such expensive tunnels, utilize the existing I-5 bridge over the ship canal for use by the light rail line. This could be done by adding a side structure to the bridge and some bridge reinforcements. This side structure would be dedicated strictly for the light rail system.
3. The light rail should be elevated throughout its system. Thus, it would not interfere with the cross-city traffic and would not cut the city into two communities.
I hope the Sound Transit board eventually sees the wisdom in these suggestions and will eliminate the proposed tunneling and utilize the existing I-5 bridge, and also elevate the entire light rail system.
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