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.
Seattle – Washington Policy Center released a new report showing Sound Transit officials using public money to contribute to special interest groups. The study was featured in an investigative report on KIRO 7 (CBS) television last night (video is available here).
Michael Ennis, Director, Center for Transportation, July, 2008
In 1996, voters in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties authorized Sound Transit to pursue the first phase of a regional transit system known as Sound Move. In the process, Sound Transit received the authority to impose a sales tax, rental car tax and an excise tax on motor vehicles. In 2007, the agency collected about $353.4 million from taxpayers. Sound Transit’s mission is to “plan, build and operate regional transit systems and services to improve mobility for Central Puget Sound.”
On June 17th, Washington Policy Center held its Annual Center for Transportation Event. This year’s event featured a breakfast keynote address by transportation and economics expert and Senior Research Fellow with the Heritage Foundation, Ronald D. Utt, Ph.D. He addressed congestion relief and discussed ways Washington State could improve.
This special reception and wrap-up of the 2008 Legislative Session was for our supporters and those interested in learning more about our work. The recently completed Session was discussed, with a focus on how it will affect you and your business. WPC’s president and research center directors gave reviews of their work during Session, including publications on the state budget, taxes, health care, transportation, the environment and ways to improve the business climate. They also presented the top issues to look for during the remainder of this busy election year and previ