News Roads vs. Transit. Again.
posted by January 14 at 15:07 PMon
It seems to me, the real environmental battle in Olympia this session is going to concern tolling.
It’s not that anyone is lining up against the idea—which landed on the front pages when Governor Christine Gregoire announced last week that she was going to fund a six-lane 520 bridge rebuild in part by tolling car trips.
The battle will be over this: What percentage of the money that’s generated from tolls should go to roads and what percentage should go to transit? The annoying negotiating starting point is a 90/10 split—90 for roads.
The transportation chairs in both the senate and the house—Senator Mary Margaret Haugen (D-10) and Representative Judy Clibborn (D-41), respectively—are reportedly leaning toward keeping the dollars funneled toward roads for now.