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 have to make a change if our transportation system is going to survive long-term. In Washington state, conservative forecasts suggest fuel efficiency will increase from 20.5 to 35 MPG by 2035.
This means a nearly 50% reduction in state gas tax revenues.
It is already a challenge to maintain and improve roads under current revenue levels. Imagine the impact when Washington has 50% less revenue to spend but the costs of services and materials continue to rise.
The more fuel-efficient cars become, the less gas tax we can collect
The current gas tax funding system is becoming unfair—drivers are paying widely different amounts to use the roads depending on their vehicle’s fuel efficiency
A NEW WAY TO
Washington needs to consider sustainable funding options that will fund our roads for years to come. To keep up with Washington’s transportation needs, we are exploring a road usage charge, which means drivers would pay per mile rather than by the gallon to fund roads. Similar to how people pay for utilities like water and electricity, drivers would be charged a use fee based on the number of miles they drive.
A FAIR AND
UP NEXT: TESTING A
ROAD USAGE CHARGE
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Does a RUC make sense for Washington long-term?
How does it work for drivers?
Will it enable us to better fund our transportation system into the future?
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