Past Pilot Research
With guidance from the state legislature, the Washington State Transportation Commission began exploration of RUC in 2012.
In 2018 and 2019, the WA RUC Pilot Program conducted a statewide pilot with over 2,000 drivers. This pilot was an important step in understanding if and how a RUC would work in Washington and how it would impact drivers.
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WHO WERE OUR PARTICIPANTS?
- During the year-long pilot, participant drivers representing diverse backgrounds (gender, race/ethnicity, and household income), vehicle types, and geographic locations gave valuable input and insights into how the various mileage reporting practices worked for them.
- They informed us of the impact the RUC pilot had on their budgets and time. They also shared their advice to elected officials, supporting a gradual phase-in of a RUC program.
- That research informed a set of 16 recommendations from the Washington State Transportation Commission and WA RUC Steering Committee that laid the groundwork for a RUC transition in Washington.
The top concerns pilot participants shared:
- Privacy and data collection
- Compliance and administration costs
- Fairness and equity
- Travel between states
- Operational viability
TAKE A DEEPER DIVE
On January 13, 2020, the Commission transmitted their final report on how Washington can begin a transition away from the state gas tax and toward a road usage charge system to the Governor, State Legislature and the Federal Highway Administration.