Transportation leaders oppose tolling initiative

November 3, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

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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 Washington 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 I-1125 supporter Kemper Freeman and I-1125 opponents, former state Secretary of Transportation Doug MacDonald and Deputy King County Executive Fred Jarrett.

Members discussed the presentations and voted to oppose the initiative.

Newcastle City Councilman Sonny Putter is the vice chairman of the partnership; Deputy Mayor Steve Buri is also a member.

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.

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