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.

Publications

Viewpoint: Fall 2014

November 26, 2014 in Publications

Click below to view our PDF version of our Fall 2014 issue of Viewpoint, WPC's quarterly magazine!

King County's Proposition 1 taxes - money for roads might not go to roads

June 10, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was published by Voice of the Valley on April 3, 2014. 

King County officials say that if they don’t receive new tax revenue from the public, they plan to cut Metro bus service by 17%, close bridges and let public roads turn to gravel.

Citizens’ Guide to Proposition 1

April 1, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

  1. With Proposition 1, King County officials want to impose a $60 car tab tax and increase the sales tax by 0.1 percent, raising the rate to 9.6 percent in many communities, the highest in the state. Officials say they will cut Metro bus services by 17 percent if they do not receive additional tax money.

  2. The proposed tax increases would apply only to regressive forms of taxation, falling hardest on the poor, the disabled, the unemployed and the elderly living on fixed incomes. 

HB 2123 would serve the public interest by restoring traffic relief as part of state transportation policy

March 10, 2014 in Publications

Traffic relief is the most basic goal of any transportation policy. It is the role of government to build safe roads with enough capacity to help people get where they need to go. Yet traffic relief is not a policy priority for transportation officials in Washington state. Until 2007, the state set specific performance benchmarks for improving vehicle flows on urban highways to reduce travel times and to improve the mobility of citizens.

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.