Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen selected for Governor’s statewide transportation task force
Seattle – Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen will represent Seattle on Gov. Gregiore’s newly formed “Connecting Washington Task Force,” announced yesterday. The 27 member task force includes a broad range of groups and interests from local government, labor and business representatives and transit organizations, who have been designated to develop a 10-year investing and funding plan for the state’s transportation system and are expected to present their recommendations to the 2012 Legislature.
“It is an honor to serve Seattle and the state of Washington in such a capacity,” stated Rasmussen who also serves as the Council’s Transportation Committee Chair. “We must approach our transportation challenges holistically, as a full system and not piecemeal projects. This design and funding package will reflect the safety, economic and mobility needs that are so heavily dependent on a robust transportation system.”
As part of the 10-year package, Gov. Gregoire has identified transportation maintenance funding as one priority for the task force. Its recommendations will also include how to fund more mass transit to accommodate rapidly growing ridership while also helping cities and counties better address street maintenance and safety needs in the face of declining gas tax revenues.