Noah Crocker, senior financial analyst with the state Transportation Commission, wants to remind us how we would all be sitting in traffic without the new bridge (thenewstribune.com, 7-11).
Yes, we would. If I recall, the majority of the Gig Harbor area voted against building a new bridge.
Crocker also points out that the tolls were going to rise regardless of how we felt and the state of the economy. In fact, sooner than we want we will be paying $6 to cross. I’m willing to bet Crocker does not cross the bridge daily to go to his job.
Some might say that if you don’t like the tolls, move to Tacoma. To that I say, try selling your house in this market when you have to pay bridge tolls. People don’t want to move here and pay $6 to cross the bridge.
Traffic will only continue to decline due to toll increases, leaving those who have no choice to find some way to pay them. Crocker’s tone to me sounds pretty much like: Too bad, prisoners on the Peninsula; at least you don’t have to sit in traffic.