Re: "Region must come together on transportation package" (Viewpoint, 3-27).
Fife Mayor Tim Curtis writes in favor of the $1.8 billion Puget Sound Gateway Project (the state Route 167 and 509 connections to Interstate 5).
Curtis states that traffic along these routes wastes commuters’ time and causes increased air pollution. However, air pollution is not caused by traffic, but by cars. If we want to limit air pollution and address climate change, we should invest in alternative modes of transportation rather than widening freeways to attract more cars.
Further, the project will barely affect traffic. In fact, Owen Pickford from The Urbanist concluded recently that the project is unlikely to save anyone more than five minutes on their commute.
A five-minute commute reduction doesn’t justify spending $1.8 billion in tax dollars. Let’s address climate change and traffic by investing in public transportation and maintenance instead.