Members of the Seattle City Council’s transportation committee are split on whether or not the city should proceed in buying out Pronto, the failed bike share company, for a whopping $1.4 million. At a recent meeting, the proposal (courtesy of Councilmember Mike O’Brien) to buy Pronto deadlocked at a 3-3 vote.
But, just in case you (for some reason) imagine that councilmember are in any way, shape, or form, rational… think again. Via liberal blog Publicola,
“In a little good news for SDOT, two other adversarial proposals—one by council member Lisa Herbold to deny the acquisition and one by council member Tim Burgess for a public/private hybrid model that would have effectively delayed SDOT’s plan and put Pronto out of service for now—lost outright. Herbold’s proposal didn’t get a single vote other than her own.”
The deadlock vote was enough to move the proposal out of committee to the full council. However, it goes without that recommendation of the committee.
So, the Seattle City Council still has the opportunity to spend taxpayer dollars on a failed bike share company that has already been bailed out (without permission) by the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Scot Worden says
Seattle City Council is nuckink futs, once again they are going to try to polish a turd.
What’s stunning is there was not one, but THREE members of the Silly Clowncil that voted against wasting money on this loser, in committee no less. A bike share, regardless of any kind of economic viability, should be a slam-dunk for hardcore leftists.
Remember voters these are the people you voted to represent the city interests, so where do they think that wasting more money is in the cities interests. How do we find out all those in the city counsel who are taking a bribe’s to keep this failed program going? Waste not Want not? Waste all you can and we will come back to the voters and ask for more, AND GET IT FROM THE DUMB VOTERS IN SEATTLE.