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.

Press Releases

Light Rail, One Year Later: A Train of Broken Promises

Seattle – As our first year with light rail comes to a close, Sound Transit officials are certain to declare the experiment an unqualified success. Yet, a closer look at the actual performance shows citizens are not getting what they are paying for.

Obama's High-Speed Rail Plan Spends Much, Delivers Little

Seattle – Washington should apply for its share of federal high-speed rail stimulus funds for safety improvements such as grade crossings and signaling systems, but not for new trains that will obligate taxpayers to pay millions of dollars in annual subsidies, says a new report from Washington Policy Center (WPC).

National Transportation Planning Expert to Speak in Bellevue on Saturday

Seattle – On Saturday, April 18,  transportation and urban policy expert Dr. Samuel Staley will be speaking at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue at 7pm. Dr. Staley is keynoting Washington Policy Center’s 2009 Transportation Dinner.

Dr. Staley is a nationally-recognized economic development consultant, academic researcher and urban policy analyst, and co-author of two books, Mobility First: A New Vision for Transportation in a Globally Competitive 21st Century, and The Road More Traveled: Why the Congestion Crisis Matters More Than You Think and What We Can Do about It.

New poll finds traffic relief is still important to two-thirds of voters

Seattle – Washington Policy Center has released the results of a recent statewide poll that asked voters 5 questions about the importance of traffic relief across Washington State. This updated survey builds upon Washington Policy Center’s first poll conducted in December 2007. In both cases, voters continue to show strong support for making traffic relief a high priority.

State Auditor Finds Sound Transit Unlawfully Spent Public Taxes

Seattle – The State Auditor’s Office released an audit this week showing Sound Transit unlawfully contributed taxpayer money to special interest groups.  This audit was based on WPC research that showed the agency was violating the “gifting of public funds” defined in the Washington State Constitution.  Last night KIRO television aired

National Report Recommends Tying Transportation Spending to Performance

Seattle – The Heritage Foundation, a nationally recognized Washington DC-based think tank, has released a new report highlighting transportation spending in Washington State.  In “Reforming State Transportation Policy: Washington State’s Efforts to Implement Performance-Based Policies,” Michael Ennis looks at the value of using performance measures to understand what is working and what is not when spending transportation taxes.  Ennis is director of the Center for Transpor

Mass Transit Now! Claims are Inaccurate

Seattle – In a press release issued by Mass Transit Now!, which is the “Yes” campaign for Sound Transit’s latest ballot measure, the group offered a series of rebuttals to WPC’s 2008 Citizen’s Guide to ST2. Their statements are inaccurate and deserve to be corrected. Below are the claims made by Mass Transit Now! and our response.

Claim:  WPC is an “anti-Proposition1 advocacy group.”

New Report Shows Sound Transit Officials Give Public Money to Special Interest Groups

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).

New Survey Reveals How Important Traffic Relief is to Washington Voters

Washington Policy Center Statewide Poll on Traffic Relief, Prop. 1, and Tolling

Seattle - Washington Policy Center has released a statewide poll that tests the importance of traffic relief both in the Puget Sound region and Washington State.

The survey makes the following key findings:

Sound Transit should keep its promise to "roll back" taxes

Seattle - In 1996, voters approved Sound Move. At that time, Sound Transit, also known as Regional Transit Authority (RTA), made the following promise: