Washington State Transportation Commission

Road Usage Fee Study

In 2012, the Legislature provided funding “to determine the feasibility of transitioning from the gas tax to a road user assessment system of paying for transportation.” The purpose of the study was to determine whether road usage charging makes sense for Washington, and if so, make recommendations about what next steps should be taken or further studied. The WSTC convened a 20-member Steering Committee representing a broad group of stakeholders. The consultant team had only three meetings before the Committee presented its recommendations to the Legislature and had to communicate volumes of technical materials to ensure common understanding of the options and issues and facilitate discussion. Given the tight timeline we used email surveys and individual phone calls in addition to the facilitated meetings to solicit input and questions. The Committee continues to meet to provide ongoing input on business concepts and policy objectives.