Freedom of Movement

Congestion relief is not a priority in Washington state.  This was confirmed by the Washington State Auditor and other studies show traffic will double in the next twenty years. This should concern every working mom and dad who worries about being home in time for dinner, for Boeing executives who need to move airplane parts around the region, and for the freight industry that needs to get goods to market.

The Center for Transportation at Washington Policy Center researches and analyzes the best practices for relieving traffic congestion by recapturing a vision of a system based on freedom of movement. It provides policymakers, citizens and the media with access to current research on transportation issues through in-depth studies, regular op-eds, issue forums and legislative testimony. It has been featured in numerous news outlets around the state and across the country, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Investor’s Business Daily and CNN.  Please join our mailing list or consider supporting Washington Policy Center to help us deliver more research and more outreach.

Featured Transportation Articles


Sound Transit receives negative financial outlook from S&P
According to new information released by The Bond Buyer, Standard and Poors has revised Sound Transit’s outlook from stable to negative.
King County Municipal League says vote “No” on Seattle Proposition 1 regressive tax increases
Yesterday, the Municipal League of King County announced it is recommending a “No” vote on Seattle’s Proposition 1 ballot measure to increase car tab fees and sales taxes to send more money to King...
Bad budget management and poor use of public money cause financial mess at Island Transit
New information from Island Transit shows a series of poor financial decisions made by local managers are the source of the district’s trouble, not lack of state money. Island Transit provides bus...


Seattle is the Most Congested City in America
Puget Sound Business Journal published this op-ed on March 5, 2010. In a recent study released by a national company that uses travel and speed data from its GPS customers to measure traffic, Seattle...
State officials tell drivers: “Go back to bed”
The Washington State Department of Transportation’s daily Twitter notices provide people with up-to-date news and traffic alerts about their commute. WSDOT officials often suggest alternative routes...
One reason Seattle-area traffic is horrible – state officials do not consider congestion relief a priority
The Seattle Times reported on this morning’s horrendous traffic jams, noting politics and policy choices are getting in the way of providing people with congestion relief. Transportation reporter...


How Public Officials Spend Our Transportation Taxes: Distribution of Road and Transit Taxes Collected in the Central Puget Sound Region
Have you ever wondered how much of your transportation tax money pays for that Metro bus you always see on the road? Or how much of it funds light rail as opposed to roads and bridges? New research...
Governor Inslee might let electric vehicle owners use ferries and toll roads for free
As I was reading through Governor Inslee’s $12 billion transportation spending proposal, one line caught my attention:  “Toll and ferry fare credit for [Electric Vehicles] EVs"
King County Council votes to preserve Metro bus service without raising regressive taxes
After months of doubt, threats and controversy, bus riders and taxpayers finally have some good news: the King County Councilmembers unanimously voted to stop the bus service cuts they had planned...


5 Principles of Responsible Transportation Policy (2009)
Washington Policy Center encourages five principles of responsible transportation policy to help guide policymakers in returning to a system that provides for people’s freedom of movement.
Under Senate Bill 5992, saving money on ferries would be difficult
Senate Bill 5992 is one of eight transportation package reform bills introduced in the state Senate last week. The goal of the reform bill is to reduce the cost of ferries by introducing an open...
Vanpools continue to be cost-efficient for commuters (and local transit agencies)
King County Metro Transit’s vanpool program has finally become operationally self-sufficient. According to the National Transit Database, King County Metro’s vanpool program cost $10,658,554 to...