Two April 26 Seattle Times Traffic Lab articles [“Bus agency can’t keep up with Seattle’s burgeoning ridership,” Page One, and “Promised street improvements too costly now, city officials say,” Northwest Thursday] underscored the truth in a March 16 Danny Westneat column regarding transportation projects.
Westneat talked about “strategic misrepresentation.”
From Sound Transit, to Move Seattle, to our love affair with streetcars, our officials have a history with big-ticket projects that feature lowballed costs and over-promised benefits. Then we’re left holding a half-empty bag but on the hook to keep paying full cost forever.
So a message to Seattle voters: Just keep voting for all those tax increases. But plan to keep not getting what you paid for.
Allen Johnson, Seattle