Washington Road Usage Charge Pilot Project

Test Drive the Road Ahead

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GAS TAX
WON’T MEET
FUTURE NEEDS


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.

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Challenges

  • 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
FUND ROADS
AND HIGHWAYS

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.

DRIVERS WANT
A
FAIR AND
SUSTAINABLE OPTION

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UP NEXT: TESTING A
ROAD USAGE CHARGE
IN WASHINGTON

In fall 2017, the Washington State Transportation Commission will lead a year-long pilot project. The pilot is a chance for the public to “test drive” a per-mile charge system – at no cost to drivers. We want your help to shape our future system! Up to 2,000 volunteers will have an early opportunity to provide feedback to stakeholders, the Legislature, and the Governor on what they think and influence how a road usage charge might move forward in Washington.

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QUESTIONS WE
WANT TO ANSWER

  • 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?

TRY IT OUT!

Sign-up for our interest list and stay tuned
for more details about how to participate.