Last week, I gave Sound Transit a bad time about issuing a news release that said the benefits from the next round of bus-and-rail expansion would exceed the costs in about 15 years.
Seemed self-serving to me. And the pronouncement came from a study performed by a consultant that Sound Transit hired, Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Turns out the cost-benefit study was required by the Puget Sound Regional Council, the transportation planning organization in Pierce, King, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.
That’s what Sound Transit spokeswoman Linda Robson said. She also told me a lot of the study was done in-house and that it cost $14,035.