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TRANSIT: Light rail delay is no surprise

Letter by Allen MacDougall, Puyallup on May 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm | 17 Comments »
May 20, 2011 1:46 pm

Re: “Light rail to FWay delayed?” (TNT, 5-19).

Why should Federal Way be angry? They supported the light rail by having the extension included in the $17.9 billion ballot measure.

But Federal Way needs to realize a few things.

• The extension was not promised.

• Federal Way is not not high on the “political heirarchy.” The higher the political power, the better chance you have of getting the money. They don’t have the “power.”

• They are dealing with an organization, Sound Transit, that is extremely inefficient and political.

Sound Transit is building light rail at a very high cost. They don’t worry about that. I was also wondering, since they are terrible at handling costs, how can they be so accurate about projecting a tax revenue shortfall of 31 percent from 2009 to 2023?

Sound Transit is also saying that the Federal Way extension may not be completed until 2040. You can be assured that the way Sound Transit takes care of taxpayer money, that $600 million extension will end up costing $4 billion to $5 billion.

So don’t worry, Federal Way, it will show up some year. We just don’t know when. That’s Sound Transit for you.

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