first_imgMembers of the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council agreed Tuesday to join the Vancouver City Council in sending a letter to the Oregon Transportation Commission expressing its thoughts on tolling and project development.The RTC’s vote, however, elicited some debate. Some members urged the RTC to take a stronger stance instead of simply requesting future involvement in value-pricing discussions.Clark County Councilor Eileen Quiring ultimately voted in favor of the letter but argued that Oregon doesn’t plan to include Washington in its proposal.“I don’t think they care,” Quiring said. “It saddens me to say that, but I honestly don’t think they care.”She was joined by Clark County Councilor Jeanne Stewart in remarking that the RTC board should have been more involved in the process before now.“I don’t feel like we’re dealing on an equal par. I feel like we’re reacting to someone else’s proposal,” Stewart said. “I think the RTC needs a stronger approach than that — than to just be complacent and say tolling is inevitable. That’s not how partnerships are formed.”last_img

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