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

Building light rail is not an effective way to reduce traffic congestion
Three elected officials serving on Sound Transit’s Board recently penned an editorial in The Seattle Times calling for a $15 billion increase in regressive taxes to build more...
Insider Project Labor Agreements likely to inflate construction costs on Seattle public projects
Earlier this year the Seattle City Council passed Ordinance 124690, forcing the use of costly Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and “Priority Hire” on public projects of $5 million or more. The new...
State officials rush to re-open a collapsed highway bridge, but quietly cancel ferry runs that leave the public stranded
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...

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...
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...

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...
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...
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"

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.
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...
Sound Transit could build more light rail without raising regressive taxes
Sound Transit’s demands for new taxing authority have become a sticking point in the debate in the legislature over a new transportation package.  Sound Transit officials want an estimated $15...