(Originally Posted On Plan Washington Website)
1.) The fuel efficiency of vehicles is rising fast
A new car in 2025 will go around twice as far as the 2010 models on the same amount of gas.
2.) Fuel taxes are the single largest component of state transportation funding
Source: OFM, June 2014 Transportation and Economic Revenue Forecasts, Volume I: Summary, p. 5.
3.) Stagnant gas tax revenues can’t keep pace with growing road use
Source: Gas Tax Revenue – OFM, June 2014 Transportation and Economic Revenue Forecasts, Volume II: Detailed Forecast Tables, Table A. 3.
Vehicle Miles Traveled – WSDOT, VMT Statewide Forecast Model, April 2010.
4.) Failing grades. Enormous funding needs.
The reviews are in on Washington’s transportation infrastructure — and there are more jeers than cheers. The American Society of Civil Engineer’s gave Washington poor marks in its most recent (2013) Infrastructure Report Card: D+ grades for transit and for roads; C- grades for bridges and for rail.
The state’s transportation infrastructure is aging. According to the Washington Transportation Commission, over $175 billion in transportation system investments are needed statewide in the next 20 years.
Funding Need – Washington Transportation Commission, Transportation 101: Moving People and Goods, Spring 2014.
Available Revenue – OFM, June 2014 Transportation and Economic Revenue Forecasts, Volume I: Summary, p. 5.