At a cost of $54 billion tax dollars, Sound Transit 3 will add 62 miles of rail service to areas with none, if Western Washington voters give it the okay in November.

But is the cost and construction time worth the money or effort?

In this edition of Northwest Now, host Tom Layson takes a closer look at the ST3 measure. You’ll hear from proponents–and those who say it’s a bad deal.

“It’s implied that this is going to deal with congestion,” said Maggie Fimia founder of SmarterTransit.org. “It has no effect on congestion. In fact, I would argue that it would make congestion worse because it doesn’t attract enough people.”

The Emmy and Telly Award-winning public affairs series Northwest Now airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC Public Television, a service of Bates Technical College.

Use the list below to find us on TV. You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show on our website.

OFF AIR:

KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels, (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle)

KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels

CABLE:

Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3 Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28
Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worldview)

SATELLITE:

Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)

DirecTV channel 28 (may appear as 970)

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