West Seattle, Washington
(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)
7:11 AM: Good morning. No current incidents or alerts.
Traffic was shockingly light on the WS Bridge and the onramp to 99 N at 7:10!
No WSP at the ferry dock this morning … a little more action packed than usual.
STB finally has their endorsements out. They may not be big fans of Herbold, but they apparently like the other guy even less. Claims he said the train was going to hurt the neighborhood somehow. It would be nice some day have someone in the council that was truly pro transit and pro density, that was prepared to get generous with the red paint, but she will have to do for now…
This isn’t an election story but since you bring it up, both support tunneling into The Junction rather than elevated. Tavel has tended to use more vivid language regarding how the elevated rail would affect the neighborhood, so perhaps that’s what they’re referring to. We asked again in the forum we moderated Saturday (story later today) where the “third-party funding” should come from and neither has $700m+ worth of ideas so far. – TR
At least Herbold supported the construction of West Seattle Link in the absence of a tunnel whereas Tavel prevaricated and said some thing to the effect of “let go back to the people.” We have to plan for and accept the likely possibly of elevated link since much of the political class appears to be wishing upon a star for tunnel funding.
I don’t want to derail, so this will be the last post here on this matter (looking forward to your story on this later). I don’t think it was so much the tunnel (which sure would be nice, but face it is not going to happen), as it was some kind of homeless shaming? Quoting STB, he “repeats old canards about light rail bringing crime to West Seattle”. To be fair, now that I look at it this looks like hearsay, so take that into account…
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