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What will the Environmental Assessment include?
The EA will describe:
Why tolling on I-90 is being considered (purpose and need).
How tolling would be implemented and how the proposed approach was developed.
How tolling would affect traffic on I-90, adjacent roadways and parallel routes.
How tolling would affect those who use I-90 and surrounding communities, including low-income populations.
Other possible environmental effects such as land use, economics, energy and climate change.
Where potential environment impacts are identified, the EA will describe what can be done to avoid, minimize or mitigate those impacts.
The University of Washington professor added, "If we didn't have tolls, we'd probably be paying for this with sales tax, and sales taxes take more from all low income households in the region compared to middle and high income households."
While our study improves on prior work in some significant ways, it also has several important limitations. These limitations call for caution in interpreting the findings and drawing policy conclusions from them.
First, because the sample of poor households in the HAS is small, the estimates based on this data set in Table 2 are imprecise.
Goldy's sentiment is very heartwarming. We must all pay for everything because we are all in this together. Kumbaya. But somehow that only ever cuts one way - nobody in Seattle wants to pay for anything outside Seattle.