Acknowledging and Thanking Our Sources

A number of highly qualified individuals and organizations, working in the public interest, have subjected the transportation plans and proposals of politicians and governmental organizations to close and objective scrutiny. We have utilized that research, and would like to thank and acknowledge some of the sources:

Eastside Transportation Association

Washington Traffic Institute

Coalition for Effective Transportation Alternatives

Public Interest Transportation Forum

The Sierra Club

Many more individuals and local and national transportation associations have also helped, with their work and research, to identify a better, simpler, more efficient way to improve transportation in the Pacific Northwest than that proposed by either Prop 1 2007 or Prop 1 2008.

Prop 1 2008 is an unfortunate politically motivated diversion from the real work that needs to be done to address and improve transportation in the Puget Sound region, now. One need only look at the NoToProp1.Org 2008 ballot guide statement, and compare it with our statement of 2007, to recognize that politicians have short-changed voters, and have tried to frustrate the will of the voters, in rushing back to the ballot with a poorly developed non-answer to the 2007 No To Prop 1 vote. Prop 1 2008 still costs too much, and does too little, now, to address even the minimal concerns affirmed by 56% of the voters in 2007.

2007 NoToProp1.Org Voters Pamphlet Statement

Prop 1 contains the biggest local tax increase anywhere in America, ever. 

Prop 1 more than doubles--even triples--the average car license tab taxDoubles the Sound Transit portion of the regressive local sales tax.  And taxes you and your family---forever.

The tax bite is staggering: $157 billion over the next 50 years. That averages almost $2,000 per year for most households for the next half century. By comparison, voters said no to the Monorail when its understated taxes ballooned to $11 billion.

This is not a balanced plan. Only 10% funds roads. Just a fraction of that goes toward fixing dangerous bridges and crumbling freeways. Nearly 90% funds Sound Transit – which moves about 1% of all trips – while everyone else is stuck in even worse gridlock.  With or without this plan, traffic congestion will still double by 2028 according to Sound Transit’s own documentation.

In 1996, Sound Transit promised completion of its Ten-Year Plan within budget by 2006.  So what happened?  Billions in cost overruns, 10 years behind schedule, transit use declining as a percentage of travel, traffic increasing, and global warming worsening.

That's why leading Democrats, Republicans, and the Sierra Club all oppose Proposition 1.

Don't be fooled -- AGAIN.  Vote No to Proposition 1.

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