Washington Road Usage Charge Pilot Project

Test Drive the Road Ahead

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THE PILOT PROJECT IS UNDERWAY!

 

  • Washington is exploring a new way to pay for roads and bridges. The Washington Road Usage Charge (WA RUC) Pilot Project is now underway.
  • Nearly 5,000 interested drivers across the State of Washington expressed interested in an opportunity to be one of 2,000 drivers participating in this year-long pilot.
  • Participant input will help shape policy in Olympia by helping state lawmakers understand how this type of charge might work.

 

QUESTIONS THE PILOT WILL HELP ANSWER

  • How does a road usage charge work for different drivers throughout the state?
  • How do the reporting methods work for drivers?
  • Will a road usage charge enable us to better fund our transportation system in the future?

 

FIND A FLAW?

  • Since this is a test, we are exploring all aspects of the pilot, including any flaws or vulnerabilities of a RUC system.
  • If you see a flaw let us know in the special section we’ve created on the Participant Resources page, or by email or phone (833-927-4782).
  • We’re keeping track of all the possible ways that a per-mile system might not work and will report on these at the conclusion of the pilot.
  • Please do not attempt to manipulate or modify any aspect of the pilot program – not only does this violate the participant agreement, it could interfere with other participants ability to experience the RUC system.
  • We welcome all feedback – please share it!

What pilot participants can expect

  • 10 MINUTES A MONTH average commitment for 12 months
  • $0 COST to participate
  • 4 MILEAGE REPORTING OPTIONS from no-tech to high-tech
  • RECOGNITION FOR PARTICIPATION with gift cards awarded for completing key tasks

Mileage reporting options:

  • MILEAGE PERMIT:

    Pre-select a block of miles

  • ODOMETER READINGS:

    Miles reported quarterly, either electronically or in person

  • PLUG AND PLAY:

    Automated mileage meter with GPS and non-GPS options

  • THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT:

    Smartphone app is used to collect and report miles

Why test a
road usage charge?

Gas tax revenue will decline as vehicles become more fuel-efficient or use no gasoline. Because the gas tax is the main source of funding for our roads, bridges and the ferry system, we must assess new funding approaches today if we are to sustain our transportation system in the future.

After several years of study, the Steering Committee and the Washington State Transportation Commission have determined that a road usage charge is feasible and could produce the needed revenue to fund Washington State’s long-term transportation needs. But will it work for Washington drivers? Now it’s time to put it to the test and find out if it will work for Washington!

How does washington address this funding gap to meet future needs?

Follow Along!

Recruitment for the pilot project is over, but are you interested in following along? Sign up for our email interest list! We’ll send you regular updates on the progress of the pilot study.

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