Saturday, October 8, 2016
To the Editor:
The proposed Light Rail route through Shoreline will disrupt the entire east side of Shoreline, east from I-5, south to north. Those living east of this route will have a more difficult time getting to any area west of the proposed route. As drivers they will face considerable lost time while waiting for trains to pass and will have to cope with increased noise and traffic disruptions when trains pass through. Folks whose houses will be destroyed along this route will experience major dislocations, since they will have to find another place to live. This will be difficult and expensive given the housing shortages in the Seattle area. Irreplaceable environmental habitats will be destroyed as well. The resulting increased population density will also bring many other problems.
Folks who live on the west side of Aurora Ave will not face these problems. If those who will be directly and permanently impacted do not speak up about how this Light Rail system will affect them who will speak up about the problems they will face?
The main issue is the huge amount of taxes that will be required to pay for this light rail system. What other public transportation options could be funded instead? Think about an expanded Metro bus system, with fast, flexible, frequent, affordable, fuel efficient buses along routes that could provide residents and businesses with easy and direct access to public transportation. This will not occur because available public tax dollars will be allocated to the Light Rail.
The primary beneficiaries of this proposed light rail route through east Shoreline will be real estate developers who will build the replacement residential units. No wonder Shoreline City Hall, which will increase its revenues with such massive development, supports this Light Rail system through Shoreline.