For Immediate Release
Study will continue evaluating a road usage charge as an alternative to the motor vehicle fuel tax.
Reston, VA — September 18, 2015. Parsons Brinkerhoff, in conjunction with D’Artagnan and Berk Consulting, have been awarded a contract with the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC), to continue the evaluation and assessment of a road usage charge as an alternative to the motor vehicle fuel tax to fund investments in transportation. The evaluation will be conducted under guidance from a 25-member Road Usage Charge Steering Committee, a select group of public officials, private industry representatives and transportation stakeholders appointed by the WSTC. Several tasks will be covered, including an assessment of recent road usage charge funding initiatives around the U.S. and internationally; a revised financial evaluation of road usage charging; a review and analysis of legal, operational and policy issues that must be resolved before a road usage charge system could be implemented in Washington; and design options for a future public demonstration project. The Steering Committee’s recommendations will be provided in a report to the WSTC, who will consider the recommendations and forward the final report to the Governor’s office and the transportation committees of the State House of Representatives and the State Senate in December 2015.