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Why did the City of Seattle paint a bus lane on a street that no buses travel on?

There's a new bus lane painted on Aurora near Green Lake, which turns out was a mistake. Dori wants to know who's being held accountable. ( Skorheim)

Taken from Thursday’s edition of The Dori Monson Show.

On Aurora Ave from 63rd St. to Winona, which is kind of in the Green Lake area, there is a new bus lane that the city has put in, and they’ve painted “BUS ONLY,” so no cars can drive in this lane.

This street is apparently crowded once in awhile except for the bus lane, which is wide open.

There’s only one problem here, as reported by KIRO TV. There are no buses that drive that section of Aurora. It is not a bus route at all.

Right there, it diverts onto another street, and it does not travel down that stretch of Aurora. There are no buses even feasible for the bus only lane that they’ve painted on the road.

Here’s what an engineer for the Seattle Department of Transportation told KIRO 7.

“We do recognize that we make mistakes,” said Dongho Chang.

I just love all the time we have stories like this. It’s like when we talk to WSDOT about $100-some million in overruns on 520. And you know, ah we made a mistake, but we have a contingency plan to cover it.

In this case, they have to go out, they have to repaint the roadway, it’s going to cost thousands of dollars. They told KIRO TV that fixing the mistake will cost only about $5,000.

It’s only going to cost $5,000, so we don’t have to worry about it.

Who’s responsible for this? What penalty are they going to pay as an individual? How many times can the taxpayers just get screwed over by careless mistakes, by ridiculous mistakes? How many times does this happen every day, every week, every month, every year? And how much do the only $5,000 at a crack add up to? That’s what I want to know.

Taken from Thursday’s edition of The Dori Monson Show.


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