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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What is the Real Price of Gas?

January 21, 2014 in In the News
Saturday Morning Live
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Two simple ways to fix the SR-520 cost-overrun mess

January 13, 2014 in Blog

Washington Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson recently admitted the SR-520 Bridge Project she manages is $420 million over budget. Cost overruns have already consumed the $250 million contingency fund, and Secretary Peterson says she needs $170 million more to keep the project afloat. Peterson said “the good news” is she wants to get the $170 million from increased borrowing and by taking money from road improvements in other communities.

That’s pretty far from good news.

2014 session kicks off with bill that would streamline bridge repair and replacements

January 13, 2014 in Blog

Tomorrow, January 14, 2014, HB 2071 will have a public hearing in the House Transportation Committee work session. HB 2071 would streamline permitting and contracting to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges in the state. The bill is based off of the great work the Washington State Department of Transportation did when the Skagit River Bridge collapsed last year. Streamlined permitting allowed state officials to build and install a replacement span in just four months.

Sound Transit officials carefully select information for children's train exhibit

January 9, 2014 in Blog

Two years ago, WPC’s Center for Transportation found that Sound Transit officials planned to groom kids as young as five years old to favor, and someday vote for, buses and trains. Sound Transit officials had sought contracts with consultants that had “relevant experience in the K-12 education environment to assist…in shaping an initiative to support and encourage educators to incorporate transit-related topics in student learning.”

What is the real price of gas?

January 8, 2014 in In the News
Lake Stevens Journal
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Climate Policy in Washington: Comparing the Republican and Democratic Proposals

January 8, 2014 in Blog

After months of study and discussion, the Republicans and Democrats of the Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup (CLEW) in Olympia released two different draft proposals designed to cut Washington's carbon emissions.

The two approaches are quite different but both claim to meet a standard of environmental effectiveness. For example, the proposal offered by Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) and Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien) claims:

2013 Solutions Summit Transportation Video

January 6, 2014 in Blog

The Center for Transportation's Solution Summit Pasco session has been posted online.

The Transportation session featured Dr. Ron Utt, former Senior Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and Senator Doug Ericksen (R-42nd). 

What is the Real Price of Gas?

December 20, 2013 in Publications

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