Dear Members of the Tunnel+Transit Coalition:
In a previous post I called you out on the disconnect between the name of your coalition and the lack of transit funding in the deep-bore tunnel project you support. But today I'd like to give you all the chance to prove me wrong.
Seattle City Council Member Mike O'Brien has proposed five amendments to the Council's proposed nonbinding tunnel resolution, one of which stipulates that the state shall grant King County the authority to assess a motor-vehicle excise tax to fund the new transit service that was promised in the original tunnel agreement.
The Tunnel+Transit Coalition web site clearly indicates that you all believe transit is an important component of the deep-bore tunnel project. My humble request to you is that you write a letter to the Seattle Council expressing your support for O'Brien's transit funding amendment.
If you cannot do that, I would ask: What then, are your alternative solutions for ensuring that the transit we need gets funded? After all, $200 million in transit funding is only about five percent of the total cost of the complete tunnel project. Heck, since you're all such big transit advocates, let's hear your ideas about how we might secure even more funding than was originally proposed.
And if you cannot provide any realistic responses to the above, well, how can one not conclude that your coalition is nothing more than a hypocritical public relations effort to win support for the tunnel by projecting the lie that transit is a significant part of it?
P.S. For reference, here is the current list of Tunnel+Transit Coalition members (and some previous reporting by Erica C. Barnett on your funding):
- Allied Arts of Seattle
- Argosy Cruises
- The Boeing Company
- Cascadia Center
- Clipper Navigation
- Downtown Seattle Association
- Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
- HAL Real Estate Investments
- Ivar's Seafood
- The Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle
- Martin Luther King County Labor Council
- Pacific Maritime Shipping Association
- Martin Smith, Inc.
- Northwest Carpenters Union
- Pier 57 Miners Landing
- Pike Place Market, PDA
- The Royer Group
- Seattle Aquarium Society
- Seattle Historic Waterfront Association
- Smith & Stark
- Vulcan Inc.
- Waterfront Legacy Committee
- Ye Olde Curiosity Shop