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This page is your gateway to the CETA archive of historical information, much of which remains pertinent to investment choices for a central Puget Sound regional public transportation network that could be more effective and cost less at the same time.
CETA is an all-volunteer, pro-transit, non-partisan, non-profit citizens organization. Our mission is to support and advocate for accountable public transportation governance and investments that grow transit, vanpool, and carpool ridership throughout the Puget Sound region in the most cost-effective way.
>> More about what we want.
"We've never said we will reduce congestion."
For more news, see the Public Interest Transportation Forum
>> CETA technical co-chair John Niles comments in The Seattle Times October 31, 2014 in opposition to the Sound Transit plan for a third light rail tax vote in 2016, prior to proving that the ridership promised in 1996 can be achieved with the still incomplete "Sound Move" construction program.
>> John Niles' testimony to Sound Transit Board - March 22, 2012
>> CETA's Letter to Transportation Secretary LaHood on EastLink - August 22, 2011
>> John Niles' testimony to PSRC - May 26, 2011
>> John Niles' testimony to PSRC - May 20, 2010
>> Metro cuts loom as light rail is launched - July 15, 2009
>> CETA comments on East Link DEIS - February 25, 2009
>> Bus vs. light rail: Which is your ticket to ride?, Seattle Times - October 29, 2008
>> Editorial Opposing Proposition 1, Issaquah Press - October 14, 2008
>> Seattle Times editorial page recommends "No" vote on Sound Transit's Proposition 1 - September 26, 2008
>> Washington Policy Center's Guide to Sound Transit, Phase 2 - September 2008
>> John Niles' Testimony to the Puget Sound Regional Council - July 24, 2008
>> Light rail can wait - July 20, 2008
>> Getting light rail to Eastside: major issues still unresolved - June 19, 2008
>> Pull over and consider this: The traffic could get even worse - March 5, 2008
>> A look at life after Proposition One's demise - December 26, 2007
>> Roads and Transit Regional Proposition 1 Authorizing One-Half Cent New Sales Tax to Build 50 More Miles of Light Rail Is Rejected by 56 Percent of Voterss - Results of November 6, 2007 Election
>> No on Proposition 1: wrong plan, wrong tax, editorial, Seattle Times - November 1, 2007
>> The roads-and-transit plan: so much cost to do so little, Ron Sims, op-ed, Seattle Times - September 27, 2007
>> Letter to Puget Sound Regional Council about the Vision 2040 plan. - September 7, 2007
>> Federal Report Shows Initial Segment May Not Open by July 2009 Target Date - Report published May 2007
>> OCTA approves Rapid buses, David Reyes, Los Angeles Times - June 12, 2007
>> Light-rail debt a 50-year ride, Mike Lindblom, Seattle Times - June 4, 2007
>> Results of KING-TV-sponsored poll on transportation - May 31, 2007
>> Not a good ride from Sound Transit, editorial, Seattle Times - April 19, 2007
>>Find out more about the tolling study presented to Washington State Transportation Commission in September 2006
>> Every ride on Sounder North costs taxpayers $273.44 Cost per ride analysis and charts by Jim MacIsaac - June 2005
>> BRT in Metro Puget Sound, Donald F. Padelford, May 25, 2005
>> Seattle Times Editorial: To the Eastside, by bus, May 23, 2005
>> CETA Report Card for Sound Transit, April 2005.
>> CETA's Input to FTA on New Starts Rating and Evaluation, March 31, 2005
>> Sound Transit and its Citizen Oversight Panel, Emory Bundy, March 16, 2005
>> CETA's Call for Independent Audit of Sound Transit, September 6, 2000
>> See our proposed Consensus Package of regional alternatives to light rail
>> Houston's light rail making a real "dent" in city's car traffic - Averages six crashes a month Ă‘ a rate 20 times worse than the average for the nation's 17 light-rail systems. - Associated Press, August 11, 2004
>> Houston MetroRail's crash rate 25 times U.S. average Houston Chronicle, April 23, 2004
>> Train drain: Why transit users should oppose light-rail expansion Cascade Policy Institue, July 2000
>> Top Ten Light Rail Myths Cascade Policy Institue, April 1998
>> As MAX service opens on the city's doorstep, Vancouver considers other transportation options, including 'bus rapid transit' - The Columbian, April 25, 2004
>> Transit on fast track to nowhere - Danny Westneat, Seattle Times staff columnist, April 2, 2004
>> Problems hit stretch of Sounder rail line - Seattle PI, March 22, 2004
>> Sound Transit's bait and switch will do long-term harm - Maggie Fimia op-ed, Tacoma News-Tribune, March 18, 2004
>> Light rail elsewhere: In Delaware River Towns of South Jersey, a Light Rail, With the Emphasis on Light - New York Times, March 13, 2004
>> Supreme Court rules against Sane Transit case - March 6,
>> CETA's Comments on North Link SEIS - January 30, 2004
>> Jim MacIsaac's comments on North Link DEIS - January 30, 2004
>> Latest news on light rail Federal funding and the I-776 controversy - Public Interest Transportation Forum
>> Rep. Istook letter to FTA chief Dorn conditionally approving ST funding - October. 23, 2003
>> News coverage of Salt Lake City's fifth at-grade light rail accident this year. - October 10, 2003
>> With or Without I-776, Seattle Light Rail Financing is Shaky, Threatening All Parts of the Puget Sound Region - By John Niles and the CETA Technical Team, October 7, 2003
>> Op-eds for and against light rail in Seattle Times
>> CETA Technical Team's list of problems outstanding with the Link Initial Segment Full Funding Grant Agreement between Sound Transit and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). FTA has put this agreement on an indefinite hold because of Congressional concerns about local funding if I-776 were to be upheld by the State Supreme Court. - September 16, 2003
>> Emory Bundy's February 2003 report on Sound Transit Testimony to the Senate Transportation Committee - February 5, 2003
>> White Paper comparing Link light rail versus Bus Rapid Transit trunk (main) line capacity - Richard Harkness, PhD, March 11, 2003
>> The 12-Lane Myth - Jim MacIsaac debunks one of the greatest mistruths that continues to be repeated by Sound Transit supporters ... that light rail will carry as many people as I-5. In fact, I-5 today serves nearly 8 times the number of boardings that Central Link is estimated to serve by 2020. - March 13, 2003
Facts of the Day
>> Fact sources
>> 50 Facts About Sound Transit - From 2002 and still pertinent.
What works best for our region
We can go faster, further, sooner and safer by building on what works best for our region, such as Bus Rapid Transit, Vanpools, and High Occupancy Toll lanes.
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