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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Mass Transit Now defies naysayers in big win

Well, King County has finally finished counting most of the votes cast at the polls (over 99% as of this morning) and Sound Transit Proposition 1 still has a big, sixty percent plus lead in King County. It also remains ahead in Snohomish and Pierce counties, with a cumulative Yes vote of 58% across the entire Sound Transit district. It's a huge vote of confidence for the agency and a clear sign that voters are ready to get up to speed with more mass transit.

This victory is something we have worked long and hard for throughout 2008. To say we're ecstatic this morning is an understatement.

Naysayers have been saying for weeks that Prop 1 was unlikely to pass, for various reasons. The souring economy was cited by several observers as the reason that voters would turn down the measure.

Kemper Freeman, Jr. and the flying libertarian circus mistakenly assumed that voters would say no merely because the package had no roads in it.

Then there was the tired argument that voters would not agree to approve any new revenue for Sound Transit, whether the economy was good or bad.

Last night, all the naysayers, whiners, and critics... including Kemper, Tim Eyman, Mark Baerwaldt, John Niles, Chris van Dyk... were proved wrong.

The people of Puget Sound rejected their lies and distortions about Mass Transit Now and gave a big thumbs up to a crucial investment in our future.

Sound Transit's work has been vindicated by the voters.

To those Democratic state legislators who have been skeptical and hostile towards the agency, we urge you to reconsider your position. Sound Transit could use your support and enthusiasm. Fixing our transportation mess will be a lot easier if there's less infighting between levels of government.


Blogger Kenneth said...

Good Job!
My only critique is that it needs to start and finish sooner. We need the jobs NOW!


November 5, 2008 2:08 PM  

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