Shameful to not keep up building

Regarding the article, “Travelers feel unsafe at Everett Station, report finds”: Everett’s “crown jewel” has become tarnished since its dedication about 14 years ago. We attended the dedication — such a splendid building for travelers. Amtrak and Greyhound Bus Lines moved from their sites in downtown Everett to the new station. Within weeks, Greyhound increased their ridership by 25 percent. After a couple of months, Christmas was celebrated at the station. Santa Claus and city officials road the train from Seattle to Everett. Children were everywhere. The Everett Chorus sang carols as they stood on the grand staircase. Then, the transit center became a magnet for the homeless, who had nowhere else to go. I attended a meeting about six months later — had to go to the restroom on the ground floor — went into a stall — then, backed out very hurriedly — the walls of the stall were plastered with excrement.

Tax payers’ money and grants were used to build the transit center in a central location to service Amtrak, Greyhound Bus Lines, Sound Transit Trains and local/community transits with parking available for all riders.

Now within less than 20 years, the Transit Station is looking like an “old, tarnished lady.” I blame this on mismanagement and lack of security. A window on the front has been broken for several months, years. It is plastered over with some board. My husband and I called about this — the manager said the windows were hard to replace.

Shame on us for not taking care of this beautiful contribution from the citizens of Everett, the state and the federal government.

M.J. Donovan-Creamer


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