Mercer Island residents are not too happy with some of Sound Transit’s plans. Specifically, Islanders are concerned that the bus intercept concept—which the City Council rejected in May—will still come to fruition. That means residents would not have access to I-90 HOV lanes or to the light rail system planned for operation in 2023.
In hopes of subsiding opposition, Sound Transit announced it would do a “listening tour” to hear residents’ concerns. The first “listening tour” was help on Thursday evening.
Republican King County Council member Jane Hague and Democrat Claudia Balducci both attended. Balducci is challenging Hague for County Council this year. Why should you care that both Balducci and Hague were in attendance? Because of what Sound Transit did during the meeting.
Sound Transit sent out tweets about elected officials and candidates in attendance. Tellingly, the transit agency tweeted out Balducci’s campaign twitter account. And, though Sound Transit made mention of all other public officials, the agency completely ignored Hague’s presence.
One could argue that Sound Transit—a publically funded agency—is deliberately pushing Balducci’s campaign using taxpayer resources. Check out the tweets below:
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