On February 20, Representative Judy Clibborn, Chair of the House Transportation Committee, proposed a $10 billion transportation revenue bill, funded primarily by a 10-cent gas tax increase. This proposal is a good conversation starter about the need for investing in transportation.
Prior efforts have identified a $21 to $50 billion funding gap to repair our roads and bridges, build new highway projects, construct infrastructure to cleanup toxic road-water runoff, restore bus service across the state, and adequately invest in bicycle and pedestrian projects.
Here’s a little background on Rep. Clibborn’s proposal:
- House Democrats Press Release
- Package Overview (PDF)
- Package Projects Overview (PDF)
- Package Fact Sheet (PDF)
While Rep. Clibborn’s package is a start, it does little to address many of the needs identified by the Transportation For Washington.
Transportation For Washington’s lead organizations have called for:
- $200 million per year for transit operations.
- $200 million per year for transit capital projects.
- The motor vehicle excise tax as an authorized local funding source for transit agencies to adopt by a council-matic vote.
- $150 million per year for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, including the state Complete Streets, Safe Routes to School, and bike/ped safety program.
- $50 million per year for equitable transit-oriented development.
- $300 million per year for fixing broken roads, especially the 356 structurally deficient bridges across the state.
- A “Fix It First” policy for highway spending.
Ask the House Transportation Committee to make the revenue bill much, much better>>
News articles about the package:
- “Gas, car-tab taxes drive House Dems’ transportation plan,” Seattle Times (Feb. 20, 2013)
- “Dem plan doesn’t solve toll troubles,” Seattle Times (Feb. 20, 2013)
- “Washington Gas Tax Increase Proposal Faces Bumpy Road,” Northwest Public Radio (Feb. 20, 2013)
- “Car tab, bike fees part of House transport package,” Seattle PI /AP (Feb. 20, 2013)
- “Democrats propose 10-cent gas tax hike to pay for roads,” Everett Herald (Feb. 20, 2013)
- “South Sound would get $1.2 billion for megaprojects under House Democrats’ transportation plan,” Tacoma News Tribune (Feb. 20, 2013)
- “Washington transportation revenue plan includes $450 million for CRC,” The Columbian (Feb. 20, 2013)
- “Money would be used to extend North Spokane corridor,” Spokesman-Review (Feb. 21, 2013)
- “Proposed transportation package: Project would help build Red Mountain interchange,” Tri-City Herald (Feb. 21, 2013)
- “$9.8 billion transportation plan adds taxes, fees,” Yakima Herald (Feb. 20, 2013)
- Editorial: “Why a statewide bike tax makes no sense,” Seattle Bike Blog (Feb. 22, 2013)