LETTER: Both RapidRide and light rail between SeaTac and Federal Way?
(Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to Sound Transit and King County Councilmember Julia patterson with a copy to the Highline Times.)
I'm sorry, but I really have to ask....
How is the existing Metro Transit Rapid Ride - A Line not already serving the needs for effective, high capacity transit between the future Angle Lake Station and Federal Way area (Federal Way Transit Center)? What additional value do you believe that your study (of Federal Way light-rail extension) will bring to the table - if it's expected to simply deliver similar service as Metro's A Line, don't you feel that you'll just be poaching ridership?
Why must further studies be performed when I'm sure Metro had most likely already studied to the umpth degree before deciding on implementing the very first Rapid Ride route between the two points in your study. Is it simply because Metro is outside your agency and you don't effectively communicate and share information between agencies, is it because you have a predetermined budget to spend in studies?
What logic is driving these additional studies, community outreach events, etc.
On the surface, it appears to me to be a huge excess and waste of limited resources.
Very interested hearing your opinion on this matter.