Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Via-Duct, Gas Tax and Reality

Seattle is voting today. Should we rebuild the Alaska Way Via-Duct, build a new tunnel or what?

Most building projects in this area seem to be designed to help traffic move more smoothly but the truth is that we need to discourage traffic from moving at all. We need to pay more attention to mass transit and to ending our need to commute. Affordable housing near work sites makes much more sense than building more roads to get people to work.

No-Drive zones need to be established that pair affordable parking with sensible mass transit. Currently the few parking lots that offer this are expensive and crowded. There is no incentive to park and ride when parking is $12.00 per day and buses are 15-30 minutes apart.

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