Dear WSDOT, yes, many Washington drivers suck. We all marvel at our fellow citizens’ inability to drive in the rain … in Seattle. But despite what your recent traffic sign snafu said, the suckage in WA transportation is definitely emanating from your end.
Suckage item number 1: ridiculous traffic. That’s not hyperbole. I’d been in this town one week before I realized how truly mind boggling and soul-sucking the traffic nightmares are. I lived in Bellevue. My father-in-law lived in Renton, slightly less than 11 miles away. It took us an hour to drive 11 miles—at 4pm! I’ve driven in traffic in DC, Baltimore, Atlanta, and San Francisco. Those cities are all a special kind of motorized torture, but Seattle really takes the cake.
Suckage item number 2: your increasing demands on our wallets. There’s the average $629 per year of Sound Transit taxes that a median income household pays. Our car tabs are about $110 per $10,000 of car value, and your formula used old Blue Book estimations that greatly over-valued our vehicles. Business owners are being driven out of Pioneer Square due to the endless construction and sinking foundations caused by the SR 99 tunnel project. A project, by the way, that is more than four years behind and will dump more traffic onto already over-crowded city streets. I haven’t even mentioned the toll lanes!
Suckage item number 3: less room for cars, trains that don’t run. Those hated toll lanes on 405 forced more drivers into the “regular” lanes. The HOV lanes on the I-90 floating bridge have been removed in order to add a train line. Speaking of train lines, the Sounder line south of Everett is closed every couple of months due to landslides onto the track. Y’all built a train line under a sand and mud embankment in an area with an average of 152 rainy days per year. Smooth.
I know you said the sign was a “training error” and that you really love Washington motorists and transit riders. Given the items listed above, though, you’ll kindly forgive us if we think “Dear WSDOT: No, YOU SUCK” would be a great new bumper sticker.