Last week, the Seattle Times reported that the Sound Transit Lynnwood light-rail station would be over budget by $500 million. In addition, the opening of the station will be about six months later than originally planned. After a huge increase in car tab fees, an increased sales tax, and more, voters from across the region are fed up with Sound Transit. It is time for the organization to be held more accountable.
The Lynnwood light-rail station, which is part of Sound Transit 2, will be six months late and $500 million over budget. This makes the total project cost for the station a whopping $2.9 billion. The large transit organization is attempting to deflect the blame, putting it on labor, materials, and land costs rather than owning up to their large mistake.
Mariya Frost, Director for the Coles Center for Transportation at the Washington Policy Center writes: “Unfortunately for taxpayers, the agency has a long history of making big promises, securing taxing authority, and having those promises fall apart after getting voter approval.”
Lately, Sound Transit has been taking a lot of taxpayer dollars through taxing car tabs at a greatly overvalued rate, an increased sales tax, and more. Voters should stand up against Sound Transit and communicate their opposition to cost overruns and delays. The organization must be held accountable. Going over budget by hundreds of millions of dollars is simply unacceptable.