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October 29, 2008 at 3:19 PM

Transportation: Initiative 985

Contradictory and wasteful

I’m sure most drivers in the Greater Seattle area know how grueling traffic is.

My commute begins around rush hour on Interstate 5 as I make my way to school in the morning. With elections just around the corner, I wish I could join in to vote NO against Initiative 985 [“I-985: Tim Eyman puts the meddle to the pedal,” Joni Balter column, Oct. 19].

My reasoning for opposing this initiative is simple. I-985 will make congestion worse, undermine safety and is unfair to rural residents. An analysis by Independent Transportation Engineers shows traffic worsening if I-985 is taken into effect.

Among other problems, if HOV [High Occupancy Vehicle] lanes are open to all, more highway crashes are at risk due to more vehicles in the lanes

The project would take millions of dollars from elsewhere in the state — money that could be used for health programs and schools.

HOV lanes were made for a reason; this initiative seems to be contradictory and wasteful.

I-985 causes many strains to people all over the state, at a time when Washington can least afford it.

— Hannah Maserjian, Seattle

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