State Transportation Commission to discuss ‘road usage’ charge

Today Wednesday Dec. 11, is the second day of a two-day meeting of the Washington State Transportation Commission that will discuss in part, ways to replace the gas tax with a road usage charge system.

Commissioners also will hear a SR 520 tolling update and discuss the future Interstate 405 express toll lanes.

The commission will host a public input process in early 2014 as they work towards setting the toll rates and policies for the express toll lanes by spring 2014.

The commission will consider recommendations developed for the next steps of Washington’s Road Usage Charge Assessment which has been in progress for over a year. The assessment has looked at the feasibility and the business case for a possible road usage charge system in Washington State that could replace the gas tax in the future.

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