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

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.

How to Reduce the Cost of Highway Projects

February 12, 2014 in Publications

Policy Recommendations

What is the Real Price of Gas?

December 20, 2013 in Publications

Key Findings

Reduce congestion by building roads faster, smarter and on budget

December 2, 2013 in Publications

Lawmakers closed up their fourth session of the year without agreement on how to improve the movement of goods and people on the state’s road network.  Governor Inslee may call lawmakers into another session before the end of the year to pass a transportation package.  State Senate and House proposals would increase the gas tax by 10.5 to 11.5 cents per gallon, but this may be hard to sell to the public as new polling data from Washington Policy Center shows many voters aren’t impressed with how state officials are currently managing the state’s roads, highways and bridges.

Washington Policy Center’s Recommendations on a Transportation Tax Package

June 26, 2013 in Publications

Policy Recommendations:

  1. Taxes and fees paid by drivers should not subsidize other modes of transportation
  2. Do not create a state-level tax or fee to fund local transit agencies
  3. Stop diverting existing transportation taxes and fees to pay for non-highway purposes
  4. Expand capacity, fix chokepoints and do not restrict new resources to just maintaining the existing system
  5. Reduce unnatural cost drivers that make transportation projects more expensive

Introduction

The Problems with Tolling the I-90 Bridge

June 3, 2013 in Publications

Puget Sound Business Journal published this column on May 31, 2013.

There will be bumps in the road for those wishing to toll Interstate 90 to pay for the State Route 520 bridge replacement. Dinging drivers from Issaquah, North Bend, Bellevue and Eastern Washington for using a paid-for bridge, in order to pay for a totally separate highway project, will be seen as fundamentally flawed.

HB 1877 Would Make Sound Transit Accountable to Voters

April 15, 2013 in Publications

Introduction

Legislation introduced by Rep. Mark Hargrove (R-Covington) would give Sound Transit an elected governing board. The bill is good public policy because it would, for the first time, make Sound Transit directly accountable to voters. Making Sound Transit’s board directly elected is a longstanding policy recommendation of Washington Policy Center. HB 1877 could be passed on its own, or included as part of a larger state transportation package.

Don't Pour State Taxes into Local Transit

March 14, 2013 in Publications

Puget Sound Business Journal published this column on March 8, 2013.