Eastside transportation leaders oppose tolling initiative

October 20, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 20, 2011

Local elected officials on the Eastside Transportation Partnership agreed to oppose Initiative 1125, Tim Eyman’s tolling initiative, days before ballots started to reach voters.

I-1125 calls for the Legislature to approve tolls rather than the appointed state Transportation Commission. The initiative also aims to prohibit different toll rates for peak commute times and to require toll revenues to be put toward projects on the road being tolled.

On Oct. 14, Eastside Transportation Partnership members heard from Bellevue developer and 1-1125 supporter Kemper Freeman and I-1125 opponents, former state Secretary of Transportation Doug MacDonald and Deputy King County Executive Fred Jarrett.

Then, members discussed the presentations and voted to oppose the initiative.

In a recent guest column for The Issaquah Press, Eyman said, “I-1125 ensures accountability and transparency.”

The partnership includes elected city and King County officials representing communities east of Lake Washington. The organization is focused on advocacy for regional transportation issues.

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger and Councilman Joshua Schaer serve on the partnership. Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler, a Sound Transit board member and expert on regional transit issues, is the partnership’s Sound Transit representative.

Issaquah’s representative on the King County Council, Kathy Lambert, is another member. So, too, is King County Executive Dow Constantine.

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One Response to “Eastside transportation leaders oppose tolling initiative”

  1. Steve Scott on October 22nd, 2011 1:39 pm

    London has Congestion Charge which vehicles pay when entering the city during peak traffic hours. As far as I know, despite the usual acrimony, the system has worked well. Some expressways in the Eastern US have been tolled for many years. Tolls can reduce traffic and therefore the need for ever-expanding roadways, provided transit systems are in place to maintain mobility. Freeman and Eyman are intent on blocking both. Where’s their viable alternative?

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