Washington State's biggest capital investment is at risk. Its system of roadways, bridges, and railroad crossings are aging and deteriorating rapidly. Traffic exceeds capacity on many stretches of local and state roads. Wide-scale widening and rebuilding of bridges are needed throughout the state, and many railroad crossings need improvement. A recent Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) study rated the Seattle area traffic congestion the sixth worst in the nation.
The purpose of this study is to examine potential sources of revenue in light of the considerable shortfall projected through the year 2000. Chapter 2 briefly covers existing revenue sources. Chapter 3 discusses several new sources of revenue that are already under consideration. Chapters 4 and 5 go into more detail on road use pricing and parking taxes.