In recent weeks, it has been brought to the public’s attention that the Port of Seattle has been complaining that a new arena would cause congestion, and hurt the port’s revenue by causing traffic for large trucks coming in and out, thus jeopardizing future expansion. According to the Seattle Times, Port officials have expressed their negative concerns for a new arena, and their worries are one of the key components being weighted by officials voting on the arena deal at this time.
But the Port has not provided substantial data to back up their concerns, they’ve relied on outdated studies, and hasn’t provided which routes truckers coming in and out of the waterfront are using at this time. They’ve stated that the arena might jeopardize their 25 year plan to create 100,000 new blue collar jobs, but according to the Times, the number of jobs is more like like a goal, and the majority of those jobs wouldn’t be along the waterfront. For extensive information on the Port of Seattle vetoing the arena, visit the Seattle Times.