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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Let Sound Transit know we want to vote on light rail this year!

Sound Transit is asking Puget Sound residents to fill out a survey on a possible transit only ballot measure that would be placed before voters this autumn. The survey is anonymous and only takes about 5 minutes to fill out.

This is a great opportunity to tell Sound Transit that we want to vote on expanding rapid transit this year, not at some time in the distant future. 2007's Proposition 1, which we supported, failed not because it contained too much transit, but because the combination with roads made it uncomfortably big and sophisticated.

2008 is shaping up to be a monumental year for Democrats and the progressive movement. Barack Obama's slogan "change we can believe in" is perhaps going to be the defining theme of this election cycle. Locally, deciding to break with the past and make a serious commitment to developing a regional rapid transit system is a refreshing change that could be very appealing to voters sick of gridlock.

If given the chance, residents and commuters throughout Puget Sound could put us back on track to getting out of traffic with a strong investment in light rail. We urge you to join us in requesting that Sound Transit give us that opportunity in 2008.


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