----- Original Message -----
From:Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2005 11:21 AM
Subject: Re: [CAPR] Re: Database of supporters - 17k onpetition>>Re:Otheractions we can take...

Greg: Click on http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/165188_transit18.html?searchpagefrom=1&searchdiff=305.

Our legislators see the efficient Paris subway, then claim that we need the same here to solve traffic congestion.
    What they don't realize is Paris is the same area as Everett, but contains the same population (3.5M) as the entire Puget Sound
region. That is, 70,000/sq. mile vs 4,400. We will never get to that density.
    LA realized this after wasting $7B on rail; now going for Bus Rapid Transit- a new way of employing rubber in place of steel. We
should learn from them!

Dave Petrie
Petrie Transit Consultants

----- Original Message -----
From: "Greg Fillman"
Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2005 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: [CAPR] Re: Database of supporters - 17k onpetition>>Re:Otheractions we can take...


> Thanks John,
> You are right.  No real freedom loving American would ever support the new
> CAO rulings.  A friend of mine explained to me that this is really all about
> keeping federal funding for LIGHT RAIL!  In order to be eligible for federal
> dollars, a city must show that it is growing much faster than the outlying
> areas.  But Seattle was not keeping up with the growth of it's outlying
> areas so this is Ron Sim's attempt to "reign in growth", thereby qualifying
> for federal grants for transportation.  Moral: Our personal property rights
> were sacrificed so that Ron Sims could build His Sound Transit Legacy.  For
> Ron, the light rail train and the monorail must be like the great pyramid in
> Egypt.  But hardly a stone has been laid and the workers are restless!  I
> was told THIS IS THE REAL REASON ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING TO US AND YET I
> RARELY HEAR A REFERENCE TO SOUND TRANSIT.  Can anyone expound on this??????
> Greg Fillman
>