LETTER | Postpone Transit on the CKC

Editor:

I am baffled that our City Council believes it must push transit onto the CKC. 
 
Yes, I understand that the corridor is “banked” for rail and that transit could be an option on it. But the obvious “push” by our council and some city planners is completely unacceptable and unwarranted. 

Sound Transit has never done ANYTHING that pencils out.

For example, I found this in our Kirkland Transit Master Plan T-3.6: "the City must lead the way as opposed to waiting for traditional transit providers to act." Why must we “lead the way" to get transit on the CKC? 

Why not let the huge bureaucracy that is ST just piddle forward at its glacial pace so we can enjoy the CKC as long as possible before we have to dodge buses at every crossing and lose the bucolic experience of this park/trail. I ride my bike from S. Kirkland to Totem Lake, year-round, every chance I get. The number of people enjoying this new space is impressive. 
 
Sound Transit has never done ANYTHING that pencils out. Not only do we pay for capital costs of everything they build, they can’t even get operating costs covered by revenues - never have and never will. Taxpayers are subsidizing everything ST does or ever will do.

Transit on the CKC is just another way to move people, especially commuters, THROUGH Kirkland, not TO Kirkland.

Transit on the CKC is just another way to move people, especially commuters, THROUGH Kirkland, not TO Kirkland. Lake Street, Lake Washington Boulevard, Market Street, State Street, and 6th Avenue South are already used as alternatives to I-405, clogging our streets during rush hour. Putting buses on the CKC would just add another commuter option rather than benefit those of us who live here. In addition to clogging our streets, they would now destroy our park.
 
When we purchased the CKC, city leaders emphasized that we were buying a “longitudinal park.” They were mostly reassuring that transit on the corridor was a long way off. The CKC has rapidly been embraced by Kirkland residents as the great park asset that it is. It boggles my mind that our Council now has paid $250,000 for a “puff piece” in favor of transit on the CKC and is pushing for a bus route that will be used by fewer people than now use the park.

Let’s keep Bus Rapid Transit on 405 where it belongs.

Chuck Pilcher