Wednesday, April 04, 2007

RAMP Boosts Volume on SR-167 in Olympia

Submitted by Paul Ellis

Participants in RAMP were challenged this morning by Regional Transportation Investment District (RTID) Chair Shawn Bunney to help him boost the visibility of Pierce County's "mega projects"--especially SR-167--with state lawmakers.

As the 2007 Session in Olympia enters the home stretch, Bunney is concerned that lawmaker's struggle to balance the budget--and an inordinate focus on two of King County's projects--will eclipse Pierce County's need to keep dollars flowing south into right-of-way aquisition through the Puyallup Valley. RAMP participants pledged to follow up with messages to their state senators and representatives as lawmakers work on final drafts of legislation and the state budget.

Paul Ellis is lead staff for RAMP; an employee of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, Ellis led the Pierce County Transportation Advisory Committee (PCTAC), the community's largest transportation planning effort.

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