With the increased population of Joint Base Lewis-McChord there is a need for Interstate 5 transportation relief. Over the past 15 to 20 years, I have suggested an inexpensive way to cut traffic flow out of North Thurston County.
Next to Exit 116 of I-5 (Mounts Road) is a triangular piece of JBLM land. It is completely useless to the base. It is roughly 10 to 15 acres in size and lies between Old Pacific Highway and I-5 at northbound Exit 116. The parcel would make an ideal location for a park-and-ride for northbound Thurston County commuters. It could reduce commute costs and cut the increasing congestion on I-5.
It also lies right next to two rail lines. One is the main north-south line. Another is a spur that runs along I-5 into Tacoma. The site could also serve as a future train station (bus station, too).
The property could be donated to the state for highway enhancement. It could delay or prevent I-5 highway expansion, saving unnecessary expenses and the environment.