Craig Hoyer’s perspective on Shawn Bunney’s transportation leadership (10/13/08) might be useful if it were only correct. A few years back, when the Regional Transportation Investment District (RTID) was stuck in a ditch and headed nowhere, Shawn Bunney stepped into the role of its Chairman. Through Bunney’s leadership, an unprecedented three-county roads package was designed to improve our most congested transportation corridors and chokepoints. Bunney’s priority for Pierce County? Completion of Highway 167 and the 80,000 new jobs that will come with that project.
Challenge Bunney’s priorities on jobs, transportation improvements and economic development for Pierce County if you want, but it’s a mistake and wrong to question the leadership that Shawn has provided to find transportation solutions for our county. As a Pierce County Councilmember, Bunney has fought hard to ensure that gas tax revenues collected in our county don’t get shipped to King County or Eastern Washington, but remain here so that our roads projects get built. As County Executive he will continue that fight and we can all look forward to seeing both local and regional transportation projects completed.
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