Letters to the Editor

Are decisionmakers bus riders?

I wonder at the real ineffectiveness of public input to our governing bodies. Trapped by their own importance and battling factions of lobbyists (who get paid for their time, unlike lone citizen voices), it is difficult to nail them down.

Regarding the transit garage for downtown Federal Way, it seems foisted on us by a group of essentially politically appointed do-gooders who are now trying to keep their cushy jobs and defend irrational decisions. Why should a transportation system that doesn’t reduce traffic be built? Did any of the decisionmakers ever commute by bus, or park in a park-and-ride lot? Do their jobs fit the profile of a bus patron? Have they tried to exit a parking garage at a peak time? Have garages been used successfully for park-and-rides?

I wouldn’t think circling in a garage for a parking place is going to be a fun experience. At least in a parking lot there’s a chance to see ahead for a slot. Elevators better be many and fast to handle several busloads of commuters deboarding at the same time.

Why is it that I question Sound Transit and their decisionmaking? Deleting prime real estate from the tax roles is foolish. Does the existing park-and-ride south of South 320th revert to commercial land? Questions, questions.

Terry Slaton

Federal Way

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