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Dynamic tolling benefits highway users in congested areas

By Michael Brenneis Congestion pricing is gaining a foothold in the management of highway vehicular travel, and with good reason. Congestion pricing, sometimes called demand-based pricing or dynamic tolling, is in the early stages of adoption by state DOTs as a congestion-management practice.

Washington State bill will require trucks serving ports to be cleaner

By Sam Sklar All drayage trucks serving the ports of Seattle and Tacoma will need to be cleaner under a bill in the state legislature. At that time, trucks moving into and out of these high-volume ports would be required to have engines manufactured in 2007 or later. The state bill extends the

Results of an income-based fare policy show potential for wider adoption

By Mary Ebeling Most transit agencies offer some type of discounted fare; typically for seniors or students, and occasionally for low-income customers. In the Seattle region, King County Transit, Sound Transit, and other regional agencies have partnered to launch a first in the nation program

High demand creates challenges for rail service in Washington state

By Chris Spahr Increased coal shipments to Washington State ports could significantly intensify congestion on both roads and rail lines. Two recent reports by Parametrix and the Sightline Institute discuss the impacts of increased shipments of fossil fuels (particularly coal) from Montana,

Legislative inaction prompts possible bridge weight limits, cancels signature megaproject

By Eric Sundquist While several states successfully passed transportation revenue packages this year, in two states the failure of such bills will have immediate effects on infrastructure. In Pennsylvania, the Legislature’s inability to agree on a transportation revenue package has triggered a

Light rail debate could put an end to the Columbia River bridge project

By Chris Spahr Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has taken the position that the new Columbia River Crossing bridge project will die if Washington State attempts to remove light rail from the project. “Governor Kitzhaber has been clear from the start: No light rail. No project. No kidding,” said

Public supports system preservation, why not politicians?

By Eric Sundquist More evidence that the public strongly supports system preservation comes from a survey performed for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. When asked to rank the importance of a variety of potential priorities for WisDOT, preservation came out on top by a wide margin with

WSDOT weighs in on bill to make health a goal in transportation policy

by Eric Sundquist The Washington State DOT currently has six statutory goals: economic vitality, preservation, safety, mobility, environment, and stewardship. H.B. 1233, introduced by a Tacoma legislator whose day job is with the county health department, would add health as a seventh

Washington business community ups support for operations, preservation

By Eric Sunquist The Washington Roundtable, a group comprising many of the state’s largest businesses, is urging passage of a nine-cent increase in the fuel tax. What’s most interesting about the proposal, however, is not the revenue ask, but where the group wants the money to go: for major

SSTI Report on State and Local Transportation Revenue Sources (SSTI, 2013)

This SSTI report examines innovative, sustainable transportation funding models to assist decision-makers in identifying policies and practices to augment the current fuel tax revenue system. The report provides a broad account of these funding methods, where they have been implemented or