Mayor wants vote on Ballard-West Seattle light rail

Back during the Mayoral elections, now Mayor Mike McGinn brought up the idea of a Ballard-West Seattle light rail line. According to Seattlest, McGinn is hoping for a public vote in August or November to fund the planning stages, which are estimated at about $10 million. “Sound Transit has already promised to study these lines with the passage of Sound Transit 2 in 2008, but the vote would put the project on an expedited timeline,” the article states. You can read the entire article here.

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Oooo, a study!

Payton
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Payton

Just say no. In this economy? give me a break.

evanb
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evanb

Sounds great to me – the first positive thing the mayor has done.

Guest
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Guest

What, order up a study for a train there’s no money for to run through two of the lowest density parts of seattle?

ballardMike
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ballardMike

Can’t wait for it to get passed in general election so we can watch it get purged like the Monorail.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

$=JOBS.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Yeah! Screw the study! Let’s just start building it and tear down anything that gets in the way! Woohoo!

Latchselena
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Latchselena

This would be so great!!!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It’s just a study — no real jobs on this part.

kim
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kim

wait, they will have consultants conduct the study at 100K. so in response to spg, $=jobs for those consultants that continue to make obnoxious sums of money and not the middle class that really need it. there seem to be just as many consultants as there are attorneys these days.

guest
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guest

I believe we have already been there and done that. It was called the Monorail. Shoved down our throughts. Paid extra in car tab fees, people lost their businesses and homes to “make way for the monoriail.” And we got_____ RIPPED OFF

Steve
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Steve

Well said. That cost taxpayers around 120 million. “planning stages” for about 10 million. Yeah, sounds like a good plan McGinn. Not.
How about trying to finish just one project completly, like the viaduct/tunnel, or whatever it is this week.

Guest
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$100,000 isn’t middle class?

Guest
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Guest

So where’s the money going to come from to build these lines to two low density neighborhoods or are we just going to make a wish?

come on
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come on

what are you talking about? first of all, consultants have a wide range of incomes. they hire people like me…recent grads…who certainly can’t get a job anywhere else. well actually i don’t need to say anything else…key words = they hire. not many others are doing that. second of all, a project like this would generate potential public sector positions. because those crappy consultants need a client to overcharge, afterall. so really, this kind of public work would create jobs which in turn would create public gain. By the way, a consultant is a general term that could include a larger group of technical staff…engineers, scientists, architects, the list is pretty long. Some of these people are actually useful if not essential to our growing society, shocking enough.

Snoopy
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Snoopy

dear mayor mc nugget, please grow a pair and start leading this city. stop asking for permission every time you are faced with making a decision. you were elected, man up.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Oooooooh I hate all those greedy surveyors! They think they’re so cool with their fancy orange vests! Don’t even get me started with those civil engineers. They may be engineers, but they’re hardly civil. And architects are the worst! They just get paid money to sit around and draw all day! A four year old could do that!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You know what else is “essential to our growing society”? A shift key. Without it society can’t capitalize the first letter of a new sentence.

Seattle Slow
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Seattle Slow

I love the idea of a train, but I am tired of having to vote on what are decisions made more appropriately by engineers. Tunnel? I don’t know, sounds cool. Is that how major civic investments should be made, by a yahoo like me who thinks it sounds cool? The flip side is, this renders those who will not directly benefit likely to vote no. Should I vote on a tragic light over in West Seattle? Why do we have elected officials and city engineers if they are going to ask me to make the decisions.

Seattle Slow
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Seattle Slow

Sorry, traffic light not tragic light.

Guest
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Guest

No one has answered yet, how will this train be paid for by Sound Transit? Where’s the money?

kim
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kim

sarcasm i’m sure but thank you, you’ve made my point.

guest
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guest

Well, property taxes, of course. Let’s overtax the already overburdened property owners for it. I’m seeing my taxes go up $700 dollars this year, and that’s just with the current levies.

guest
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guest

Well, property taxes, of course. Let’s overtax the already overburdened property owners for it. I’m seeing my taxes go up $700 dollars this year, and that’s just with the current levies.

Chris
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Chris

Let’s wait for the rapid bus system we voted for…oh wait, Metro has decided to take THAT money to make up short falls. I still don’t understand how that is legal. Anyway, I will withhold voting for more transit until we get what we were already promised.

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