Politics For Whom the Toll Tolls
posted by January 17 at 10:00 AMon
Earlier this week, I slogged from Olympia that a battle was brewing over tolling.
The question: How should money generated from tolling be divvied up between roads and transit? (Note to Will at HorsesAss, “Transit” means BRT, HOV, bike lanes, light rail and light rail connections among other investments that get us out of cars.)
The debate gets underway today with two important hearings, one in the Senate Transportation Committee at 1:30 and one in the House Transportation Committee at 3:30. The key player in all of this is House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-41), who, environmental activists worry, wants to prioritize roads. “Prioritize” means something like a 90/10 split for roads.
This has big implications for what type of transit component will be part of the 520 replacement project. However, Gov. Gregoire—who has prioritized 520 in this election year—may upend Clibborn by offering her own 520-specific tolling plan that would divvy up the roads and transit priorities more appropriately there.