It’s not a solution

To all those who feel that Initiative 745 will do anything it promises, you need to realize this: The only area left for new road construction is in eastern Washington. Don’t count on any new roads or improvements north of Marysville, as the road commission focuses on areas of high traffic, i.e., Seattle.

Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman has made a valiant try to give the government a swift kick to get it started, but this initiative is as misguided as its predecessor. There’s no meat on its bones. Stripping 10 percent from the transit/ferry fund will only mean you’ll get new stripes on the road every few years. We are very late in things like commuter trains, but crippling the buses isn’t the solution.

For those who put down the initiative opponents, you need to realize it takes five years to put down a 10-mile stretch of road bed, and then it is filled to capacity within a few months of opening.

As to those making the remark of empty buses in the South end, they need to realize that most are commuter buses nearing their last stop, and others are not in service, (displayed as such on the forward destination sign), and do not carry passengers. As a coach operator since 1991, the last eight with Community Transit, I cannot believe what I’ve been hearing and reading, as it shows narrow minds at work. It is next to impossible to get people to give up their ego extensions, as it was for me 20 years ago, but I’d rather be able to sleep or read the paper en route instead of dodging the idiots who think they’re qualified as race car drivers.


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