King County Executive Dow Constantine dedicated his 2016 State of the County speech Monday afternoon to the area’s economic growth and opportunity to invest heavily in public transit.
“A generation ago, during the Boeing Bust, voters rejected the rapid transit portion of Forward Thrust,” the executive said. “We’ve been paying the price ever since. But today, the state of the county is strong—strong enough to give our children the choice to get out of their cars, to get out of traffic, and to get onto a transportation system that serves the needs of this century, not the last. ST3 represents an ambitious vision.”
— Dow Constantine (@kcexec) March 28, 2016
Last week, officials rolled out the initial proposals for Sound Transit 3, a $50 billion spending package that includes proposals for a second downtown transit tunnel, light rail to West Seattle by 2033, and another line to Ballard by 2038. The long timelines and emphasis on delivering service to less populated areas like DuPont while not having a plan for brining light rail to neighborhoods like Wallingford have drawn criticism of the proposals as well as the expected backlash against another levy for property owners.
“This is the most important decision our generation will be asked to make,” Constantine , who also serves as board chair for Sound Transit, said Monday.
You can read the full speech here.