Earlier this week on The Daily Weekly we spoke with House Transportation Chairwoman Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island) regarding a recent poll by noted pollster Stuart Elway indicating people are strongly against the tax hikes included in the $10 billion transportation package proposed by House Democrats, and generally think Washington's transportation system is just fine as it is.
Shockingly enough, this captured sentiment didn't go over well with readers.
As the post noted:
... while it's not shocking to hear voters don't support new taxes and tax hikes, the poll also indicated that 70 percent of respondents rated the state's transportation system as "satisfactory" or better.
Analyzing the findings the Elway poll noted, "building support for any transportation tax package will have to be preceded by rebuilding the idea that the transportation system needs help."
Despite the chilly results, that prospect - let's call it the prospect of voter epiphany and/or enlightenment - is what gives House Transportation Chairwoman Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island) hope.
"I did not think there were any surprises," Clibborn says via email of the Elway poll. "The general public does not spend the time thinking about transportation unless they are sitting in traffic or trying to catch a bus. We in the Legislature, on the other hand, spend a lot of time with business interests who see the increasing congestion as a barrier to the success of their business. Or talking to transit agencies who are cutting service all over the Puget Sound region."
To which commenter Rachel Crittenden responds:
Seriously. They didn't ask me. Nor did they ask any of my friends that ride the bus. Transportation in Washington is crap. The roads suck, traffic sucks, the busses and bus drivers suck. And we need high speed/light rail.