And the hits keep on coming! Now we have Pierce County Councilman Tim Farrell, D-Tacoma, explaining why he would have voted for the new RTID plan dropping the cross-base highway from a regional roads-and-transit plan. Farrell emailed this message from Russia, where he’s traveling. His alternate, County Councilman Calvin Goings, D-Puyallup, voted against the new plan.
I support Shawn’s (Bunney) compromise plan that is being offered at Thursday’s meeting. This plan allows for key elements of the Cross Base Highway to be built now, leaving the more contentious section that actually crosses Fort Lewis to be resolved in the future.
This is a difficult choice for me. I have campaigned on supporting the Cross-Base Highway in the past and I still believe that some variation of this highway needs to be built in the very near future. I freely admit that there are environmental problems with the proposed Cross Base Highway design, but I am convinced that we can overcome those problems.