The Japanese developed their rail (mass transit) system many years ago out of necessity, because of overcrowding and high prices for cars, fuel, freeway tolls, etc. Their “watch-setting” reliable Shinkansen and commuter trains are remarkable, to say the least. But for us to continue on a similar path is to sacrifice a whole way of life and a culture, enduring and unique. I’ll vote for I-745, and hope that in these times of plenty we can somehow find a way to offer reasonable public transit to those who must have it.
Some folks writing to you seem to believe the pollution and gridlock will be taken care of if we can just somehow get rid of so many cars. I really don’t think so; I’ve not heard any reasonable solutions to date. I’m tired of paying such high taxes for an overextended, expensive system I don’t use, and I am appalled at the incredible folly called Sound Transit – for which we’re paying a great deal of money. Those of us who pay the lion’s share are increasingly at-risk of losing our lifestyle, our freedoms and our quality of life. Enough is enough!
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