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

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 leaders’ tax-increase plan to save Metro Transit is a solution looking for a problem
Seattle voters will have their say in November on another tax plan to “save” Metro bus service. Last week, the Seattle City Council voted to send the tax-increase plan to the November ballot with the...
Seattle Times Editorial Board says raising federal gas tax "probably a bad idea" for Washington state
The Seattle Times Editorial Board says Congress needs to act to fix the soon-to-be-broke Highway Trust Fund, but they say raising the federal 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax is not the way to do it....

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...
A big win for consumers - Seattle's Mayor deregulates rideshare services
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s plan to deregulate rideshare services and reduce the taxi monopoly is a big win for the traveling public.
HB 2123 would serve the public interest by restoring traffic relief as part of state transportation policy
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...

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...
King County Metro update: Highest-paid unionized workers reject pay raise offer
Members of Metro Transit’s Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 voted to turn down a fair contract that would have provided them with a 2% pay raise over three years, The Seattle Times reports today....
Secretary Peterson to drivers: Get ready to live with endless traffic jams
State officials tell the public that the gas taxes and other driver fees they collect are user fees, deposited into a special trust fund to maintain and expand the state’s road network to provide a...

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.
King County officials propose raise to “highest paid in the nation” Metro employees
Executives at the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 announced recently they had secured proposed pay raises for their public employee members, who reportedly are already the highest paid in the...
King County Metro Transit sees windfall sales tax revenue, surge in money exceeds estimates
The news keeps getting better at King County Metro Transit. Metro officials are the beneficiaries of record-breaking sales tax revenues, and are seeing large tax windfalls that were unthinkable just...