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.
Reforming State Transportation Policy: Washington State’s Efforts to Implement Performance-Based Policies
Michael Ennis, Director, Center for Transportation
For state leaders to put their transportation systems back on the road to success, they first need to understand their current transportation problems.
In business, measuring performance is a way of life. It is viewed as an indispensable tool that shapes decisions on distributing resources and managing a business. In the public sector, however, performance measures are often collected but rarely used to improve overall management. Rather than using performance measures as a management tool or as a way to set goals that the public can understand and support, performance-based management is treated more like an inconvenience because it might attract attention to the inability to meet ambitious targets. Quantitative measures of performance may also interfere with elected officials’ ability to distribute public funds to influential constituencies regardless of value to the taxpayer.
Michael Ennis, Director, Center for Transportation, September, 2008
This November, voters in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties will again decide on whether to expand Sound Transit’s regional mass transportation system. The new Sound Transit proposal (ST2) would add 36 miles of light rail, expand the Sounder commuter rail by four daily round trips between Tacoma and Seattle and expand the Express bus system by 17 percent. Sound Transit officials say that, if passed, ST2 would cost about $17.8 billion through 2023 and $22.8 billion through 2037. The proposal would impose a 0.5 percent sales tax increase within the Sound Transit district, which incorporates most of King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. The total sales tax rate would vary among jurisdictions, but Seattle would rise from 9 percent to 9.5 percent.