The folks at Sound Transit really want you to take an online survey to help them do what voters said shouldn't be done via Proposition 1. To get you into proper survey-taking mood, the entry to the survey page states: "Studies show that by 2030, rush 'hour' could last all day in many places." A startling statistic, no doubt, but one begging several questions: What studies? Which places? How are they defining 'rush hour,' and what does that mean, really, that it would last all day? A few links to more information would go a long way here.
But don't judge them too harshly. This portion of the Sound Transit Web site — devoted to system expansion — is new. Hopefully, improvements are forthcoming.
There's a little bit of passive-agressive, subtle Northwest attitude in the survey prompt, as well. For example: In November 2007, voters turned down a large package of road and transit investments. Now, the Sound Transit Board of Directors is taking a renewed look at what transit service expansions would make the biggest and quickest improvements for commuters for the least cost.
Here's my straight-talking, Midwestern translation: You voters killed our last, best hope for a solution, so now you're going to have to tell us what you want. Since the pundits surmise that you torpedoed Prop 1 due to cost, we'll try to give you the moon for as little cash as humanly possible.
Snarky comments aside, you should take the survey. If only to help them "develop good answers to vital questions." Translation: Your ideas could prevent a day-long rush hour in 2030.