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.


New look at Ben Franklin Transit finds familiar problems

July 21, 2015 in Publications

Research by Washington Policy Center shows ridership decreased across all transit modes while expenses continued to rise; opportunity for new CEO to fix transit agency’s problems

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Washington Policy Center files Amicus Brief in AUTO v. State of Washington case

May 8, 2015 in Publications

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Tribal-owned gas stations receive gas-tax “refunds” from state for taxes consumers pay. Practice is based on agreement signed by Governor Gregoire    


Key Facts on Spokane Transit Authority

March 27, 2015 in Publications

Five Principles of Responsible Transportation Policy 

March 16, 2015 in Publications

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STA trolley proposal doesn’t track

March 13, 2015 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was featured in The Journal of Business on March 12, 2015

For years, lovable TV host Mr. Rogers would invite children to jump on board the trolley and go into the ‘land of make believe.’ The low-tech studio prop wasn’t six miles long and it didn’t cost taxpayers $72 million, but it was a journey full of valuable lessons.

State officials rush to re-open a collapsed highway bridge, but quietly cancel ferry runs that leave the public stranded

March 11, 2015 in Publications

Last year, a section of the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River collapsed when its overhead structure was hit by a truck, severing a vital transportation link between British Columbia and Seattle. High-level officials immediately announced they would get people moving again. Governor Inslee traveled to the site and issued a state of emergency to speed rebuilding efforts and create detours around the catastrophe, calling the collapse a “public disaster.” In less than 24 hours, Department of Transportation officials undertook plans to rebuild the bridge.