Friday, June 24, 2005

Something Doesn't Fit

As I was reading through this article about the Monorail debacle, I came across an interesting quote:
Monorail officials have mentioned tapping a proposed "traffic mitigation" fund for the state's proposed Alaskan Way Viaduct tunneling project. Williamson said the monorail will serve commuters while the highway is closed.
Now, it's probably not immediately obvious to you why this quote is interesting, so allow me to put together a few more pieces to this puzzle. Recall that the Monorail is scheduled to begin operating in December 2010 (barring any inevitable delays). Also recall the following quote, which was commented on in this blog on Monday:
"If the gas tax is overturned, major bridges will not be repaired," said Rep. Ed Murray (D-Seattle), chairman of the House Transportation Committee. "You will not see congestion relief on (Interstate) 405. The Alaskan Way viaduct will be closed or will fall down."
Let's put these pieces of information together in a nice, clean bulleted list, with the important parts in bold:
  • The Alaskan Way viaduct is in imminent danger of falling down.
  • The monorail will be able to carry some of the congestion load while the viaduct is being replaced.
  • The soonest the monorail will be completed is over five years from now.
Forget monorails or tunnels—let's all ride alpacas.Maybe it's just me, but I can't imagine any way that all three of those statements can possibly be true. If the Alaskan Way viaduct is in danger of falling down on November 9th of this year (the day after the No New Gas Tax initiative passes), then how will a monorail that is completed five years later be of any use in relieving the traffic while the viaduct is being replaced?

One of the above statements must be a lie. Of course, we are dealing with politicians here, so it's perfectly likely that all of the above statements are lies. That's why I'll be starting my own alpaca farm, so that when all the roads crumble due to political jockeying, government bloat, and corporate scandal, I'll still be able to get around on the soft backs of these gentle beasts.

Source: Seattle Times
Categories: News, Local, Politics

3 Comments:

Blogger Ron said...

Good connection, Skor. Thanks.

10:35 AM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Monarail is a joke!!

12:46 PM, June 28, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Monarail is a situation wher the joke is on the taxpayer!!

12:49 PM, June 28, 2005  

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