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.

What's New

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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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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.

King County officials seek tax increases to avoid their own planned bus service cuts

February 20, 2014 in Publications
King County Metro’s tax plan would triple car fees
Pierce and Snohomish County officials plan to add bus service without raising taxes

Introduction

King County and Metro Transit officials want to raise the tax burden they place on citizens to increase spending on buses and roads. The plan comes with a serious threat to the public. Officials want to cut Metro bus service by 17 percent if voters do not approve of new taxes.

How to Reduce the Cost of Highway Projects

February 12, 2014 in Publications

Policy Recommendations

House bill seeks to modernize taxicab and rideshare regulations, benefit consumers

February 7, 2014 in Blog

House Bill 2782, introduced by Representatives Tarleton (D-36th) and Habib (D-48th) yesterday, would direct the Joint Transportation Committee to study the taxi, limousine, and rideshare industry and make recommendations regarding a state regulatory framework. The study would do the following: