Sound Transit officials are preparing to close the center lanes of I-90 to cars, and in the height of hypocrisy they’ve come out with a new online advertisement that—rather conveniently—asks, “What’s to do” when we’re running out of roads?
It should come to no surprise that the anti-roads zealots at Sound Transit suggest the answer is to build more light rail lines.
As the Washington Policy Center points out, reducing roads to promote light rail is not a new tactic for Sound Transit. Public officials have “continually pushed to make the public ‘run out’ of roads” in order to argue for why light rail is needed. The Washington Policy Center,
“State officials are reducing the six-lane viaduct to a four-lane tunnel, guaranteeing traffic snarls around Seattle. Sound Transit is taking away the center lanes of I-90 for light rail, which the State Department of Transportation estimates will increase traffic congestion despite restriping the outer lanes. Seattle’s leaders have added to gridlock by handing over roads around the city to streetcars, transit, and bike paths. Instead of providing more general purpose access on the new SR-520 Bridge for the traveling public, state lawmakers opted instead for a new bike path and HOV/transit lanes.”
Traffic congestion is already a nightmare in the greater Seattle area. Sound Transit officials make the existing problem worse by eliminating road access. That allows them to claim, “We are ‘running out’ of capacity.”
You can check out the ad below.