Bluntness is one of Tacoma City Councilwoman Julie Anderson’s virtues (or vices, perhaps, if you’re on the receiving end).
This morning, Sound Transit officials led a small crowd on a walking tour of the route on which it will build Sounder tracks from Freighthouse Square to Pacific Avenue in Tacoma.
It was one of those “public process” events. Most of the people there were Dome district advocates who oppose the agency’s plan to put the tracks atop a berm instead of the post-and-beam design they favor.
The engineering on the berm is mostly done. The agency has already decided that the post-and-beam structure wouldn’t work as well (at least for its own purposes) and would be more expensive.
Still, the people associated with that decision – Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl and Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, among others – were conciliatory as could be. They left the distinct impression that they were going to hear everyone out and take everything into consideration. Which is not the same thing as saying anything’s going to change.
But Anderson – a member of the Sound Transit board and now a candidate for county auditor – told me the issue is ancient history. “It’s unfortunate that people think we’re at a decision point, because a decision was made quite some time ago.”
There’s something to be said for not getting people’s hopes up.