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Light Rail, One Year Later: A Train of Broken Promises

July 23, 2010 in In the News
Snohomish Times
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Snohomish Times
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Light Rail, One Year Later: A Train of Broken Promises

July 23, 2010 in In the News
Snohomish Times
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Snohomish Times
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

LINK Light Rail Marks One-Year Anniversary

July 22, 2010 in In the News
KCPQ 13 (Seattle)
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KCPQ 13 (Seattle)
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sound Transit officials missed their ridership target by a mile!

July 21, 2010 in Blog

During this one year anniversary of light rail, Sound Transit officials keep bragging about how they have carried six million riders since it opened. That is about 16,000 trips per day.

In 1996, Sound Transit officials promised voters the line would be complete by 2006 and carry about 107,000 trips per day. That means Sound Transit should be celebrating its four year anniversary, carrying over 100 million trips by today.

Sound Transit officials missed their ridership target by a mile!

Light Rail, One Year Later: A Train of Broken Promises

July 20, 2010 in Blog

As our first year with light rail comes to a close, Sound Transit P1100676_edited-2officials are certain to declare the 
 
experiment an unqualified success.
Yet, a closer look at the actual performance shows citizens are not
getting what they are paying for.

In 1996, Sound
Transit officials promised voters they would build 25 miles of light
rail for a total cost of about $1.8 billion, and they would be finished
by 2006. In fact, officials were so confident in their “conservative”
projections they called it, “Sound Move, The 10-Year Regional Transit System Plan.”

Fourteen
years later, Sound Transit officials have reduced the planned line to
21 miles, and have only delivered about 17 miles for about $2.6
billion. The rest will not be finished until around 2020 for a total
cost approaching $15 billion. In other words, Phase 1 is smaller,
billions over budget and more than a dozen years late compared to what
officials originally promised voters.

Here are
some other promises from 1996 that Sound Transit officials have failed
to deliver (quotes are from the Sound Move plan adopted in May 1996 and
passed by voters in November 1996):

1 Year Anniversary of Light Rail

July 20, 2010 in In the News
Dori Monson Show (KIRO 97.3)
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Dori Monson Show (KIRO 97.3)
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Public Transit in Washington

July 20, 2010 in In the News
Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Light rail’s one-year anniversary (radio)

July 19, 2010 in In the News
Dave Ross Show (KIRO 97.3)
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Dave Ross Show (KIRO 97.3)
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Reviews mixed at light rail first anniversary

July 19, 2010 in In the News
MyNorthwest.com
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MyNorthwest.com
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Monday, July 19, 2010