HOT Lanes

Fast, Affordable & Green: A Regional Transportation Discussion Brief

The voters of Snohomish, King and Pierce counties have turned down Proposition One on roads and transit. The question will be, what’s next? The Cascadia Center offers the following ideas on regional transportation, to help deliver congestion relief and safety sooner rather than later, at an affordable price, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions and U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Key Read More ›

Remaining Transportation Challenges For Puget Sound

Cascadia Center For Regional Development November 5, 2008 ON NOVEMBER 4, 2008, Puget Sound voters approved Proposition One, a ballot measure that increases the sales tax to pay for extension of the region’s starter system of Sound Transit light rail, and which adds Sound Transit express bus and commuter train service. The projected cost is $17.9 billion and the light Read More ›

Roads, Fuel & Funding

State transportation leaders suddenly find themselves struggling with a $1.5 billion shortfall in anticipated federal and state gas tax revenues. This shortfall, primarily due to improving fuel economy in our motor vehicles, has far-reaching implications. Today’s debate in the Puget Sound region is whether to build more roads, or expand our transit system, or do both. But the truth is Read More ›

Less Gas Tax Revenues, More Tolls

This article, published by the Tacoma News Tribune, mentions Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: That prompted a blog commentary by Cascadia Center Director Bruce Agnew, about the extensive range of strategies the region will need to solve its transporation problems. The rest of the article can be found here.

Green Light for Adding Toll Lane To Hwy. 167

Lawmakers' approval of the Highway 167 project is one more sign that tolls could be a big part of the region's transportation future, as both a source of money and a way to manage traffic. The 167 HOT (high-occupancy-toll) lanes are scheduled to open in late 2007 or early 2008. Similar projects already are operating in Southern California and Houston. Minneapolis plans to open one next month. Many transportation planners tout HOT lanes as tools to give commuters choices, use freeways more efficiently, generate revenue and perhaps reduce congestion. Public-opinion research suggests many Puget Sound-area motorists, unfamiliar with tolls, are skeptical about HOT lanes. But Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis said they're worth a try because congestion on 167 is so severe and other possible remedies are so far in the future. Read More ›

Disagreement On Toll Lanes Might Quash SR 167 Test

Disagreement on toll lanes might quash SR 167 test “Lexus lanes,” or a quick fix for clogged roads? Modern tollways may be popping up on freeways around the country and the world, but Washington might have a tough time getting just a nine-mile pilot project on State Route 167, the Valley Freeway. Even if the state Legislature lets solo drivers Read More ›

Stretch of Highway 167 Selected for Study of Toll “HOT” Lanes

Original article The HOV lanes on Highway 167 between Renton and Auburn could become the region’s first “HOT” lanes – open not just to transit and car pools but also to solo drivers willing to pay a toll. The state Department of Transportation plans to spend the next few months studying the idea. A recommendation could come before the end Read More ›