Mayor Denis Law’s idea to build a new transit center at Rainier Avenue and Grady Way has little merit. He should drive down to that area in the late afternoon or early evening and sit in the traffic for a dose of reality.
Is this his way of abandoning the downtown core? It would certainly reduce the number of people driving or taking a bus downtown.
Meanwhile, as the city continues to annex new neighborhoods in the East Highlands, they are doing so without working with King County Metro to provide new bus service. We have lived in our neighborhood, Maplewood Estates, for more than 12 years, and we still have to walk almost a mile to catch a bus to downtown Renton. Now, the city is annexing neighborhoods a mile east of ours. With no bus service to downtown at all.
The mayor’s idea to buy expensive real estate in a high-traffic area to replace the current transit center threatens the downtown core and ignores other transportation needs. It should be rejected.