For some reason, Tacoma's council races haven't led to a very well defined platform or agenda, especially when it comes to infrastructure or transportation. This is in stark contrast with the statements coming out of mayoral campaigns in Seattle. All of the candidates running, whether it's Beckie Summers-Kirby in the South End or Marilyn Strickland in Downtown, are advocating for a more "balanced" transportation system in Tacoma - and road repairs.
Eric Anderson, Tacoma's City Manager, puts the cost of deferred maintenance on our roadways at a whopping $700-$740 million! But as much as candidates support alternatives, how are they going to fund alternatives while making critical repairs to Tacoma's roadways? Further, how would they coordinate the menagerie of transportation agencies that could help us to reconstruct our streetcar system?
On Thursday, October 1st, we will be able to get questions like that answered at a candidates forum put forth by the Transportation Choices Coalition at UW Tacoma. The event has a long list of co-sponsors, so its bound to be attended by at least a few more people than the usual suspects.
***Crossposted from Exit133***
Do you have any questions for the candidates? If so, join the conversation.
Transportation and Land-Use Forum
Thursday, Oct 1st, 6:30-8:30pm
Carwein Auditorium, UWT
Event Co-Hosts: Transportation Choices Coalition, The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, University of Washington Urban Studies Program, Futurewise, Cascade Bicycle Club, Tacoma Wheelman’s Bicycle Club, Tacoma Sun, Cascade Land Conservancy, and Exit133.