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May 9, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Transportation funding needs to keep the environment in mind

The Seattle Times’ front-page article on the problem of transportation [“Troubled transportation megaprojects add to political gridlock,” Local News, May 6] highlights a bigger problem associated with the need to address climate change at the state level: It seems we keep expanding the infrastructure for use by the automobile, generally without public input. Consequently…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: 520 bridge, Gas tax, highway 99

November 29, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Solution to gas tax initiative

Consider miles driven and gross vehicle weight

The current collection of gas tax and tolls to pay for our roads and bridges is unfair, unnecessary and downright silly [“Big issues remain, but Senate GOP open to gas-tax hike,” Online, Nov. 12].

There is a far simpler way that is equitable and would be very easy to implement. When we renew our annual tabs, each vehicle would be assessed an amount equal to the miles driven during the year (current odometer minus last year’s odometer) multiplied by the vehicle’s gross vehicle weight (GVW) multiplied by a factor set by the Legislature each year based on the state’s needs.


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February 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Mistakes on 520 bridge will be costly

Bad use of taxpayer money Well it would have been a good morning if the public wasn’t being informed about another screwup by the state [“State admits costly mistakes on 520 bridge,” page one, Feb. 27]. When are the citizens of this state going to demand state employees — not the great workers, but those responsible…


Comments | More in 520 bridge, Politics, transit | Topics: Gas tax, Gov. Jay Inslee, Highway 520

February 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM

House Democrats’ transportation package focuses on gas, car-tab taxes

Plan needs to be more complete Regrettably, House Democrats are predictably out to lunch in their latest gas-tax proposal, mostly due to ignoring Highway 520 and Highway 99 funding as a part of the package [“Gas, car-tab taxes drive Dems’ plan,” page one, Feb. 21]. How we could launch on the latter two megaprojects without a…


Comments | More in bicycling, Transportation | Topics: Gas tax, House Democrats