You’re all smart people, so I won’t bore you with a discussion of the semiotics of this statement (basically, by asking the question, it sets up a mental dichotomy — “trust or not trust” — that frames the debate in a way that puts Sound Transit on the defensive).
Still, you have to ask: what is it about transit that gets the Times’ collective knickers in a twist? You’d think they’d be excited … after all, newspaper readership among transit riders MUST be higher than among drivers, for obvious reasons (at least, TicketPunch agrees). So from a purely economic perspective you’d think the Times would be pro-transit. [Of course, if the median voter can’t be trusted to reliably vote in her own self-interest, maybe I should expect that a major corporation owned by a dinosaur would be similarly unenlighted.]
Anyway, vote for RTID!