Bold. Visionary. Historic. Courageous. Ambitious. Those were some of the adjectives Sound Transit board members used Thursday as they voted unanimously to put a massive expansion before Puget Sound voters on the November ballot.
The plan is Sound Transit 3, a $54 billion, 25-year program to extend light rail and other services across the region using federal grants and three tax increases.
If voters in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties say yes to Sound Transit 3, an average household would pay $400 per year more in property, sales and car taxes.
And then some, as the price always increases. But 19th century transit looks so cool! By the way, conveniently omitted there is the fact that taxpayers are still paying for Sound Transit 1 and ST 2 - this would come on top of what they're already paying.
But you've gotta break some eggs if you're going to be "visionary".