WSDOT to hold public meetings about tolling I-90
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is planning to hold three public meetings in October to gather public comment on tolling I-90. Washington Policy Center finds many problems with tolling I-90, described in our Op-Ed in the Puget Sound Business Journal.
WSDOT would like to toll the I-90 bridge to pay for $1.4 billion of the SR-520 project, all while cost overruns on SR-520 continue to grow.
Instead of imposing more taxes and fees, lawmakers should focus on eliminating artifical cost drivers that increase the cost of public works projects in Washington State. Currently, Washington State charges itself sales tax on transportation projects, inflates labor costs, and requires exhaustive and extensive environmental permitting. These policy decisions don't give the public better roads, just higher taxes.