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People willing to pay more for transportation

November 29th, 2011 by ed friedrich

A Washington State Transportation Commission survey released Tuesday shows residents would raise taxes and fees to maintain a good transportation system. Considering the mood of the recession-weary, anti-government populace these days, that’s hard to believe.

Fifty-nine percent said they’d generally support raising some transportation and fees, but only three of nine potential funding sources got a majority. Sixty-one percent would support a vehicle emissions fee, 60 percent a special license fee for electric cars and 52 percent tolls.

The money should first got to maintaining and repairing the existing transportation system, they said, followed by increasing capacity and expanding travel options.

Fifty-nine percent support tolling as a way to pay for major projects, 62 percent support express HOV lanes that single-occupant vehicles can use for a price, 51 percent think toll money should be available for improvements in a traffic corridor instead of just for the project, 63 percent support more state funding for public transit and passenger rail, and 57 percent support using state funds to operate and maintain the state ferry system.

The Transportation Commission invited 100,000 Washington residents to participate in the online survey, with a goal of 5,000 actually taking it. There were 5,518 total responses.

There’s now a survey online for the broader public. It can be taken until the end of the year at www.voiceofwashingtonsurvey.org.

 

The governor’s Connecting Washington Task Force can use the survey insight into what tax and fees the public will tolerate in making recommendations for a 10-year transportation investment plan.

 

10 Responses to “People willing to pay more for transportation”

  1. david rafael Says:

    “Transportation Commission invited 100,000 Washington residents to participate in the online survey”

    Now that is a scientific way to determine what the population wants! Even the broader public survey is biased. This is how we get to the rest of the state funding the Redmond-Seattle, Bellevue-Seattle & Boeing-Seattle corridors, while we pay $40 for a trip to Seattle.

  2. scott Says:

    Lets see an unscientific poll by an organization that is obviously biased towards spending more of our money. Survey not worth the paper it was written on nor the Consultant they probably hired to put it together. And the State is broke because…

  3. rotebarone Says:

    “A Washington State Transportation Commission survey released Tuesday shows residents would raise taxes and fees to maintain a good transportation system. Considering the mood of the recession-weary, anti-government populace these days, that’s hard to believe.”

    That’s not hard to believe – it’s literally unbelievable!

    Please identify the person by name who released this LIE! I demand this person be held accountable for this LIE! We need accountability in this system and it starts with the LIARS. Please identify them so we can have them removed from office. These LIARS are stealing money from Washington Taxpayers. And if you don’t identify them by name, you’re part of the problem, Ed Friedrich.

    Thank you for your kind attention to this matter.

  4. waterfront thug Says:

    Ed Friedrich is a part of the problem. His simplistic ability to only report what either he feels is important or what WSF/DOT/WSTC tells him is their message IS the problem. He has a difficult time putting what is said at, say a Rotary meeting by D. Moseley and actually writing it on his tiny tablet, then actually using those notes to complete a article worthy of reading in the BS. I do enjoy knowing I actually watched him take notes, then not give a full attention to the detail of what was said when it make someone else besides the Evil Empire look good.

  5. Norman Robbins Says:

    At last others are seeing and no doubt projecting the inevitable rise of oil dependency and all that it brings and that includes war, terrorism, and the such items as another major pipe line into the U.S. from Canada. The whole thing is a mess that even delves into the use of kids, women so traditionally misused. It is like being Cinderfella always goinng back to the spell to keep handsome.

    Ferries? Go small mostly and cars/trucks take specialized times otherwise.

    Bus wise, use far better fuels to a modernized fleet that has a major EX-press cycle leading back to the smaller buses traveling strictly within Kitsap County. I also say push the bridge to B.I. from Illahee
    that could benefit them and us via EX-press to Winslow, smaller commutes, and, rides to and from Seattle as well.

    Bainbridge could zone things as to not be overwhelmed residential wise keeping thier own private Idaho.

    CYCLE: Double-bus from Ferries to East Side to Silverdale, to Mall,to Poulsbo and back with a couple of well chosen stops between each location. This would invite excursions inot the night till say 11:45
    Tuesdays through Saturdays and 9:45 Monday/Sunday.

    The overall idea is to operate more efficient, better fleet, lower costs in maintaining excluding routes that hardly are worth the time.

    Eventually reduce the Bremerton ferry runs to a minimum steamlining to King County from Kitsap via KTS. Reducing mostly one main port makes economic sense.

  6. cpontherock Says:

    sounds spot on to me.

  7. ed friedrich Says:

    Hey thug,
    If you read the paper, you would realize that I’d already written about everything Moseley said except the on-time performance. Had you taken the opportunity of having Moseley right in front of your face and asked him some tough questions, or any questions, instead of sitting there like bumps on a log and then racing for the exits, maybe I would’ve had a better story.
    Ed

  8. micksheldon Says:

    I aggree with you Ed , its not up to you to make the news. Some good questons were not asked that should have been asked .

    Not sure they would have been answered , but they could have been asked . Was disappointing to see only 57 percent willing to help the ferries with state funds . That means if we were just starting out , and their was revenue needed for a ferry system , the ferry system would be not running at all with the 60 percent requirement of raising taxes .

    This is a strange state , we vote left of center for candidates who promote providing much by the state , yet we are not willing to pay for anything .

  9. Willie_Stark Says:

    This is not a statistically valid survey. It’s more akin to taking comments at a public hearing.

  10. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    “…I do enjoy knowing I actually watched him take notes, then not give a full attention to the detail of what was said when it make someone else besides the Evil Empire look good.”

    Wow – Ed – you have a funny fan. The first time I’ve known of an audience member attending a public meeting then paying more attention to the reporter than to the speaker.

    Thanks for the good article – I even took the lengthy survey.