Before it connected to Sea-Tac Airport, Sound Transit’s light rail project used to be ridiculed as the “Train to Nowhere.”
Now – according to Seattle Times editorialist Bruce Ramsey – it’s the “Train to Fife.” Maybe his theory is that Fife sounds like a more ridiculous destination than “Nowhere.”
An excerpt from Ramsey’s rail-bashing column in today’s Times:
Light rail to Fife. Imagine that. Imagine what it will cost, and how many people who now stream by Fife’s car dealerships will get out of their cars, buy a ticket and wait for the train that stops at South Federal Way, Federal Way, Redondo, Des Moines, South 200th Street, Sea-Tac Airport, Highway 518, and on up the Rainier Valley into downtown Seattle.
Some opponents of Proposition 1, like Ramsey and King County Executive Ron Sims, have decided it would just cost too much to extend Seattle’s light rail line down to low-rent Pierce County.
But at least Sims acknowledges that Tacoma – not Fife’s car dealerships – would be the terminus of the line. As a destination and population center, Tacoma sounds just a little more credible, don’t you think? Maybe that’s why Ramsey – no slouch at framing issues – mentions Tacoma nowhere in his column.