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TOLLS: Sometimes there’s no practical alternative

Letter by Thomas W. Putnam, Gig Harbor on Oct. 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm with No Comments »
October 27, 2011 2:08 pm

Re: “Tolling is a fair way to tax” (letter, 10-22)

This recent letter did have one incorrect assumption in it when the writer said “… ultimately we all have the choice to use the tolled roadways and bridges.” I would question where the practical alternative is to using the Narrows bridge and paying the toll. While I don’t disagree with that toll, and I live on the peninsula, I do question the availability of a practical alternative.

Going around the Sound via Olympia or having to wait on a ferry is not practical. One place where there would be alternative choices, it would seem to me, would be if the Alaskan Viaduct replacement would be a tolled facility. But, while I’d agree with him as a general rule, as with most “rules” there are usually exceptions.

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