Seattle Citizens Group Addresses Congestion

Congestion is the Problem was formed by a Seattle eastside group to educate the region regarding transportation and congestion issues.

The Eastside Transportation Association launched a radio advertising schedule designed to start a dialogue on transportation spending priorities in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties (Seattle region). The association is a private-sector group of professionals dedicated to relieving traffic congestion in the three-county area.

“We believe there are clear transportation choices that will allow us to go where we want to go, how we want to go, and when we want to go,” said Jim Horn, association board chairman and former state Senate Transportation Committee chairman. “We also believe there’s enough tax money proposed to do the job if we simply spend it on the right projects.”

According to Horn, the group’s goal is to bring objectivity to the decision-making process that selects, funds and implements transportation projects.

“We do not believe we should be spending transportation mega-dollars in an attempt to change human behavior,” Horn said. “We want to spend funds on those parts of a transportation system that support increased efficiency, productivity and our quality of life.”

This groups views and broad approach to transportation and congestion solutions in the Seattle region are consistent with the COST group’s views and proposed solutions in Austin.

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