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Steering Committee

In 2012, the Legislature directed the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) to convene a diverse Steering Committee of stakeholders to examine the feasibility of transitioning from the gas tax to a road usage charge. After several years of study, the Steering Committee and the WSTC determined that a road usage charge is feasible and could produce the needed revenue to fund Washington’s long-term transportation needs.

At key milestones throughout the pilot study, the WSTC and the Steering Committee members were given updates on the pilot and the input being gathered.

Over the course of its work, the Steering Committee has explored many policy issues, evaluated the business case of a RUC, and explored options for potential implementation. Some topics the Committee has explored include:

  • Privacy and data security
  • Reporting options and accuracy
  • Equity
  • Compliance and administration costs
  • Revenue requirements
  • Interoperability with other states

Hoffstadt Creek Bridge, Toutle, Washington -Route 504; credit adrian

NEXT STOP: FINAL REPORT

  • The test-driving phase of the 12-month pilot project ended in January 2019. Now that this critical phase of the WA RUC Assessment is complete, the data and information collected in the pilot will be compiled and analyzed.
  • Feedback provided through surveys, focus groups, emails, and phone calls will be reviewed and incorporated into the findings.
  • Based upon guidance from the Steering Committee, the WSTC will issue a final report of findings and recommendations to the Governor, Legislature, and USDOT by January 2020.

2019 STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS

September 10, 2019 – Steering Committee Meeting
Location: SeaTac Airport Conference Center, International A Meeting Room
Time: 9 a.m – 4 p.m.

MEETING ARCHIVE

For an archive of past meetings, including meeting materials, check our project library.

Rolling farmland in the evening in eastern Washington's Palouse region.

BROAD REPRESENTATION

The 29-member Steering Committee includes representatives from:

  • Washington State House of Representatives
  • Washington State Senate
  • Puget Sound Regional Council
  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Washington State Department of Licensing
  • The Office of State Treasurer
  • Counties and cities
  • Motoring public
  • Auto industry
  • Business
  • Ports
  • Public transportation
  • Environmental interests
  • Trucking industry
  • Consumer groups

Steering Committee Members (PDF)

More project materials can be found in our library