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

Accountability

Gas tax increase means bigger public payouts to for-profit tribal businesses
In Washington state, for-profit businesses owned by 24 Indian tribes have special agreements to receive payments out of the public treasury. Under an arrangement made by Governor Gregoire in 2007, 19...
Another project in Seattle goes overbudget
KING 5 News reported today that the Seattle Seawall Project will take a year longer to build than officials promised. In addition, Seattle officials have increased the project budget from the...
Despite promises of faster commutes, Seattle’s transit-only lanes failing drivers
The recent news story about public officials not letting the Ride the Ducks group tour vehicles use bus lanes has renewed a controversy over reserving parts of public streets for transit only. Last...

Mobility

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...
Legislature unanimously passes long standing WPC recommendation to prioritize congestion relief
Lawmakers have again made reducing traffic congestion a top priority for state officials. Prior to 2007, the state used performance-based benchmarks to make sure that transportation tax dollars were...
Drivers in Washington are hitting the road; travel up five percent over last year
According to new information provided by the Federal Highway Administration, driving across the United States is on the rise. According to the latest report, nationwide vehicle miles traveled (the...

Priorities

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...
Oregon lawmakers work to repeal costly low carbon fuel standard rules, while in Washington, the fight over imposing similar rules stalls passage of key transportation bill
Oregon Governor Kate Brown is working with a bi-partisan group of lawmakers to repeal the state’s low carbon fuel standard regulations (LCFS) as part of passing a broad congestion-relief...
Recent Transportation Commission decision on I-405 HOT lanes would not maximize traffic throughput
Earlier this week, the State Transportation Commission approved a plan to toll Interstate 405 from Bellevue to Lynnwood. They plan to repurpose both an existing auxiliary lane, currently in operation...

Solutions

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.
Governor Inslee signs $7.6 billion transportation budget; no pilot program for new per-mile tax
Yesterday, Governor Inslee signed a two-year transportation budget into law. The $7.6 billion plan includes about $5 billion for the Washington State Department of Transportation over the next two...
Rideshares now under statewide framework – Senate Bill 5550 signed by Governor Inslee
Things will get a bit easier for rideshare drivers and their customers under a bill Governor Inslee signed into law last week. Senate Bill 5550, originally sponsored by Senators Cyrus Habib and Joe...