Politicians dearly want to spend more billions of dollars to ram yet another light rail line through, this time into the southwest Portland metropolitan area. There's just one teensy little problem: voters in these affected areas saw what the politicians did to ram another one into Clackamas County over the objections of many residents, so they passed local initiatives to slow or stop it entirely over here.
The Tigard City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to refer a ballot measure to voters asking, in essence, whether they want to allow the city to support and cooperate in the construction of MAX light rail from Portland to downtown Tigard.
TriMet officials said this month that if Tigard votes against allowing the city to back the proposed MAX line, the project will very likely be scrapped.
Their "reasoning" goes something like this: "We've already spent around a hundred million dollars 'planning' this new 'southwest corridor', and if you rubes vote against supporting our plan, then all of that money goes to waste. You don't want that, do you?"
And so they completely ignore the fact that nobody asked them to spend all of that money "planning" for a new light rail line that would serve less than 3% of the population at a cost of around $3 billion in construction costs alone. They fail to realize that their "but hey, it looks really cool" attitude isn't flying.
Metro and Tri-Met hope to evade the issue by putting yet another property tax measure on the 2018 ballot that would go to voters throughout the region dominated by the Metropolitan Service District, the idea being that they might be able to convince enough of the renters and generally low-info liberals to pass the property tax, which would give them the needed matching funds to ram it through regardless of how residents in the southwest and suburban southwest feel about it.
So why is Tri-Met so dead-set on building more rail lines? That's obvious:
Tri-Met is dead broke. They only want to build more rail to keep the capital infusion for the project, so they can continue to juggle the books to show some semblance of liquidity. Once they stop building, the whole thing crashes.
They need to keep building stuff so that they can justify continuing to cannibalize bus services "to save money" and show how fiscally responsible they are. "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain".