Transportation should be holistic, funded by all
Paula Hammond, Washington state secretary of transportation and poster person for the Peter Principle, is stepping down in March [“Inslee names Oregonian as new head of transportation,” NWWednesday, Feb. 20]. Newly elected Gov. Jay Inslee is naming her replacement.
Let’s hope the new secretary reverses course on Hammond’s completely misguided and disastrous philosophy of Balkanizing the transportation system by instituting localized tolls that attempt to force people not to use certain roadways, bridges and ferries when and where they choose. That’s not the way people live.
We need one well-funded, holistic system paid for one way by all. We need one holistic system that gets people where they want to go when they want to go. I don’t use your highway or bridge. You don’t use my ferry. So what? Pooling resources to serve everyone; that’s the way a functional society works.
–Bill Viertel, Coupeville