Re: "Proposal to increase gas tax has momentum" (TNT, 2-13).
Pierce County voters should be aware that the state Senate is trying to put a roadblock in front of finishing light rail between Tacoma and Sea-Tac Airport. Funding authority for Sound Transit in the Senate package has been cut by $4 billion (more than 25 percent), which is enough to put the project at risk of not making it to the Tacoma Dome.
The state Department of Transportation says peak traffic now starts before 3 p.m. in Fife and lasts an average of four hours, with backups growing to more than five miles long.
As the region and the economy continue to grow, traffic continues to get worse, with a half-hour commute becoming 60 or even 90 minutes. This is time that people could be spending with their families or using to take care of their health.
Light rail to the airport will take thousands of cars off of Interstate 5 during rush-hour congestion. Please tell your state senator to give commuters some relief by granting Sound Transit the funding authority it needs to finish building light rail between Tacoma and Sea-Tac Airport.