WA Transportation Commission votes for constitutional protection of per-mile tax, despite strong opposition from transit advocates

Seattle and King County transit advocates made it crystal clear today why it is so difficult for the public to trust policymakers to restrict a new mileage tax to roadway spending alone, and that the only way a Road Usage Charge (RUC) will be a true gas tax replacement is with a constitutional amendment.

If implemented, a Road Usage Charge (also called a mileage tax), would require drivers to pay a tax on every mile they drive, rather than on every gallon of gas they purchase at the pump.

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC), which has let the effort to study, test and report back to the legislature on the feasibility of a Road Usage Charge in Washington State, voted in support of 16 policy recommendations that will be sent to the state legislature for consideration.