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The city moves ahead on efforts to oppose tolling
Deputy City Manager Noel Treat has filed the latest update on the city's efforts to stop tolling on I-90. Here are the latest updates related to the city’s work to oppose the tolling of I-90.
Congressman Adam Smith expresses constituents’ concerns to US DOT and governor
Congressman Adam Smith sent a letter to Secretary LaHood of the United States Department of Transportation and a separate letter to Gov. Jay Inslee regarding I-90 tolling. In his letter to Secretary LaHood, Congressman Smith raises concerns about the legality of tolling I-90 and the need to ensure a comprehensive environmental impact statement is conducted. The letter to Gov. Inslee encourages the state to consider all available options to ensure fair distribution of revenue collection across all residents of the state.
The city is now confirmed for several high-level meetings in Washington, D.C., this week. Meetings will be held with the Administrator of the Federal Highways Administration, the Government Affairs Office of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the NEPA Compliance Director for the Environmental Protection Agency, and members and staff of Washington’s congressional delegation. The city appreciates these opportunities to express our concerns about the legal and policy issues regarding the state’s tolling proposal. Central to these discussions will be the unprecedented nature of tolling an interstate to pay for a state road project, the legality of tolling under federal law, and the many impacts that tolling would impose on the region. To see copies of these letters, go to www.mercergov.org.