Charging drivers per-mile to use state roads will be a topic at a public meeting next week.
The State Transportation Commission’s meeting in Olympia on December 13 will focus on tolling, but in addition, the commission will review a plan for a road usage charge pilot project.
The meeting on Tuesday will begin with a presentation from Chris Tomlinson, executive director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, on incentive programs his agency has tested to encourage transit use on tolled highways.
During the afternoon session, the commission will consider a pilot project implementation plan that would institute a road usage charge for drivers. This would be a per-mile charge drivers would pay for the use of the roads.
The new plan is intended to replace the gas tax drivers that now pay on a gallon of gasoline and “provide a long-term, sustainable funding source for transportation infrastructure in light of growing fuel efficiency of new vehicles, which consume less gas.”
The commission has spent nearly five years evaluating the viability and operational dynamics of road usage charging and is preparing to launch the pilot project in fall 2017 to test the concept.
The meeting starts 9 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, and 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. This meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during public comment periods at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/.