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Federal regulations allow state officials to end unpopular tolls on I-405

November 11, 2015 in Blog

State officials say federal regulators are forcing them to restrict the public’s access to HOV lanes on I-405. However, a review of federal rules shows they could stop tolls on Interstate 405 and give the public the popular HOV 2+ and general travel lanes the public paid for in 2003 and 2005.

Members of the Washington State Transportation Commission say:

Transportation package (bonds) required supermajority vote

October 20, 2015 in Blog

Despite receiving support from voters on five separate occasions, most recently passing statewide in every county, in 90% of legislative districts, and with 64% support in 2012, lawmakers have yet to provide voters the opportunity to place a supermajority vote restriction for taxes in the state constitution. 

WSDOT forgets it converted general purpose lanes to toll lanes

October 16, 2015 in Blog

State Department of Transportation officials continue to say they did not convert general purpose lanes on Interstate 405 to toll lanes. We wrote on this fallacy five years ago, stating that:

League of Women Voters, Seattle Times Editorial Board, and King County Municipal League say “Vote No” on Seattle transportation levy

October 1, 2015 in Blog

It’s not too often these three independent and respected groups happen to recommend voters take the same path.  Yet the League of Women Voters in Seattle/King County, the Seattle Times Editorial Board, and the King County Municipal League recently did just that. They all recommend voters say "No" to Seattle's $930 million property tax proposal this November.

Plenty of comments about first morning commute with I-405 HOT lane program

September 28, 2015 in Blog

Commuters took to social media this morning to vent some of their frustrations with tolling two lanes of traffic on I-405. Many tweeted about the increase in congestion in the general purpose lanes, as KING TV reported the Monday morning Everett to Bellevue commute had a “Jam Factor” of 10.

Here is a quick compilation of some Twitter users’ experience with the new HOT lanes:

WPC on KING TV special program, "Fighting Traffic"

September 14, 2015 in Blog

Washington Policy Center recently participated in the KING TV special program, “Fighting Traffic,” which aired last week. Even as a panelist, I was anxious to see what plans public officials had in mind to reduce traffic congestion and make trips quicker around the Puget Sound Region, but elation soon turned to disappointment.

Gas tax increase means bigger public payouts to for-profit tribal businesses

August 25, 2015 in Blog

In Washington state, for-profit businesses owned by 24 Indian tribes have special agreements to receive payments out of the public treasury. Under an arrangement made by Governor Gregoire in 2007, 19 of these tribes receive “refund” payments equal to 75% of the state gas tax on all motor vehicle fuel sold on tribal lands.

Another project in Seattle goes overbudget

August 21, 2015 in Blog

KING 5 News reported today that the Seattle Seawall Project will take a year longer to build than officials promised. In addition, Seattle officials have increased the project budget from the original $290 million price tag to $409 million, a 33% increase.

Despite promises of faster commutes, Seattle’s transit-only lanes failing drivers

August 17, 2015 in Blog

The recent news story about public officials not letting the Ride the Ducks group tour vehicles use bus lanes has renewed a controversy over reserving parts of public streets for transit only. Last year, KOMO TV reported many in the public are unhappy with the government-restricted lanes, including the tagger of the well-known plea, “Metro stop stealing our lanes.”  The public response prompted a debate about whether the lanes are working for people or not.

Seattle housing task force wants to raise taxes to make neighborhoods more crowded

July 15, 2015 in Blog

Danny Westneat’s Seattle Times column on phasing out single-family housing in Seattle drew over 250 comments within the first three hours of being posted online. By the next day, readers had logged over 700 more. Why is a column about housing in Seattle drawing such a large response? A proposal by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s housing task force suggests officials may want to make sweeping changes to many of Seattle’s neighborhoods.