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SOUNDER: Sound Transit should drop suit

Letter by Curtis M. Anderson, Tacoma on June 21, 2010 at 10:49 am | No Comments »
June 23, 2010 9:17 am

Sound Transit suing the Tacoma Rescue Mission is a bad idea. How many needy people will be deprived of shelter and food because funds must be used in defense of the suit?

High-speed trains running at a distance shorter than the width of a city lot are going to be very noisy, likely 25 decibels or more above the ambient sound level of the mission facility. By comparison, the Tacoma City Code prohibits more than five decibels above nighttime ambient levels, though trains are exempted.

The mission has good reason to require proof the noise will be adequately mitigated. Promises by Sound Transit regarding costs, extent of routing and time for completion of projects hardly encourage confidence, and Sound Transit (by its own admission) has never had experience in high-speed train noise control.

The mission, with help from the City of Tacoma, made investments to provide an excellent facility. This suit should be summarily dismissed and Sound Transit should ante up for all legal costs.

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