This site provides information on the Road Usage Charge Assessment. During the 2012 Legislative session, the Legislature provided funding to the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) “solely to determine the feasibility of transitioning from the gas tax to a road user assessment system of paying for transportation.” The following activities are required as part of the feasibility study:
- Review relevant reports and data related to models of road user assessments and methods of transitioning to a road user assessment system;
- Analyze the research to identify issues for policy decisions in Washington;
- Make recommendations for the design of systemwide trials;
- Develop a plan to assess public perspectives and educate the public on current transportation funding system and options for a new system.
Funding was also provided to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) “solely to carry out work related to assessing the operational feasibility of a road user assessment, including technology, agency administration, multistate and federal standards, and other necessary elements.” Click here to view the budget proviso. See pages 14 and 30 for information pertaining to the roles of WSTC and WSDOT in this assessment.