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

July 12, 2010 in Publications

As our first year with light rail comes to a close, Sound Transit officials 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.”

Upon further review, light rail isn’t all it’s supposed to be

July 8, 2010 in In the News
Peninsula Gateway (Gig Harbor)
Peninsula Gateway (Gig Harbor)
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gas tax revenues still falling

July 7, 2010 in Blog

June Revenue Forecast for the Transportation budget.

Fuel tax collections for the Nickel and TPA projects are down about $140 million (over 16 year construction horizon) just in the last four months. 

Consider state officials first estimated both programs would bring in about $1.052 billion in the 2009-11 biennium. In reality, officials now project about $917 million in the 2009-11 biennium, about 13 percent less.

2009 Annual Small Business Day at the Capitol and Legislative Lunch

June 23, 2010 in Events
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Idaho State Capitol
Boise, ID

Michael Ennis was the key note speaker discussing Five Principles of Responsible Transportation Policy. He also moderated a panel on transportation issues.

PSRC says light rail will carry half of what Sound Transit told voters

June 22, 2010 in Blog

How many people will ride light rail? It depends on who you ask.

Two years ago, Sound Transit asked voters to expand its regional public transportation system (ST2). During the election, Sound Transit officials told voters the expanded rail portion (137 miles of light rail and commuter rail) would carry 310,000 passenger trips (page 5) per day by 2030.

Voters agreed and raised sales taxes within the Sound Transit district.

Light-rail use grows 8 percent in May

June 22, 2010 in In the News
The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The cost of traffic congestion: 7 out of every 10 construction projects delayed

June 21, 2010 in Blog

The Associated General Contractors of America recently surveyed 1,200 construction firms across the United States on the impact of traffic congestion.

Not surprisingly, traffic congestion does possess a negative financial impact on construction companies. In Washington, 72 percent of construction projects are delayed at least one day because of traffic.

Here is a sample of questions comparing results in Washington to the national average: 

impact does traffic congestion and shipping unreliability have on your
No impact on operations 7% 7%
Occasional impact on operations 40% 25%
Frequent impact on operations 31% 36%
Significant impact on operations 22% 32%
much is your cost of doing business increased by delays, wasted fuel and
other impacts caused by traffic congestion?
No, it is not impacted 8% 4%
Yes, less than one percent 19% 11%
Yes, one to five percent 44% 46%
Yes, six to ten percent 20% 28%
Yes, eleven percent or more 9% 11%
the total number of hours of lost productivity per worker caused by traffic
delays and congestion.
Not at all 8% 7%
Less than 10 hours per worker per year 28% 11%
Between 10 and 20 hours per worker per
28% 34%
Between 21 and 30 hours per worker per
14% 11%
More than 30 hours per worker per year 22% 37%
you made changes to schedules or business operations to adjust to traffic
congestion and unreliable shipping schedules?
Yes 59% 63%
No 41% 37%
the additional number of days it takes to complete a project because of the
impacts of traffic congestion.
No delay 28% 28%
One to two days 37% 43%
Three to four days 15% 11%
Five or more days 20% 18%

Investigators: Back room deal puts true ferry reform in question

June 18, 2010 in Blog

KING 5 investigation on state ferries includes an interview. Collective bargaining is an adversarial process so It is troubling when one side can influence who sits across the table.