I am greatly in favor of mass transit, trains, commute trip reduction, walking, biking and working near home. My concern about the new Sounder train to Lakewood is that it just costs way too much and is another example of the lunacy of well-intentioned government decisions.
Sounder to Lakewood is by far the most expensive local transportation project I have examined. The capital cost per anticipated daily user is $325,000 ($325 million divided by 1,000 passengers per day). Our Link light rail was very expensive at $42,500 per daily user ($85 million divided by 2,000 passengers per day), but at …