Transportation

Because being there is what's most important, WPC's Center for Transportation researches and analyzes the best practices for relieving traffic congestion by recapturing a vision of a system based on freedom of movement.

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HB 2123 would serve the public interest by restoring traffic relief as part of state transportation policy

March 10, 2014 in Publications

Traffic relief is the most basic goal of any transportation policy. It is the role of government to build safe roads with enough capacity to help people get where they need to go. Yet traffic relief is not a policy priority for transportation officials in Washington state. Until 2007, the state set specific performance benchmarks for improving vehicle flows on urban highways to reduce travel times and to improve the mobility of citizens.

Renewing your tabs may become more expensive to pay for ferry construction and operations

March 7, 2014 in Blog

If Governor Inslee signs Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1129, prepare to possibly pay more to renew your tabs or transfer a vehicle’s title.

Currently, when you go to renew your tabs or transfer a title you can choose whether to renew through the Department of Licensing (DOL) or go to an authorized subagent (a private company that operates on behalf of the DOL in many communities).

BOMA Seattle - Suburban Cities Meeting

March 6, 2014 in Blog

It was a pleasure to speak to the Building Owners and Managers Association Seattle King Counties Suburban Cities meeting earlier this week about the proposed tax increases on the April ballot.

You can find the slides to the presentation, here.

Senate leaders introduce new transportation proposal in bill form

March 3, 2014 in Blog

Senator Rodney Tom (D-Medina) and Senator Curtis King (R-Yakima) introduced a new transportation package last Friday. The three bills follow:

Argument Against King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit

March 3, 2014 in In the News
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Senate bill would borrow, use gas taxes, and spend federal funds to pay for 520 cost overruns

February 27, 2014 in Blog

The Senate Transportation Committee passed SB 6001, making supplemental appropriations to the transportation budget, and moved the bill to the Rules Committee for full Senate consideration. Lawmakers provided a plan to pay for the $170 million in cost overruns on the 520 Bridge Project.

New car tab fee and higher sales tax likely on special April ballot

February 24, 2014 in Blog

Today, the King County Council moved towards putting new taxes on the ballot. On April 22, 2014, King County voters may vote on a costly plan to impose a $60 annual car tab fee and a .1% sales tax increase on drivers and consumers. Both of the new taxes would sunset after 10 years.  According to Crosscut, King County has nearly 2 weeks to get the measure on the ballot. However, if state lawmakers approve of new local taxes for transit, the King County Council would meet to discuss eliminating both taxes.

A comparison of House and Senate transportation tax proposals

February 21, 2014 in Blog

The Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) in the Senate recently unveiled a new transportation proposal that would spend $12.4 billion on roads, ferries, and other modes of transportation over the next 12 years.  This is in addition to the $8.7 billion per biennium the state currently spends on these public services.

The proposal would impose an 11.5-cents per gallon gas tax hike (a 30% increase in the current state tax), higher yearly car tab fees, new taxes on trucks, higher car registration fees, and other new fees on drivers.