Washington State DOT more than $1 billion in the red, gets ‘basically a bag of beer nuts’ in federal funds

Almost everyone hitting up lawmakers this legislative session will have their hands out, trying to make up for revenue lost to the pandemic. One of the biggest asks might come from the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

WSDOT’s revenue projections, just like everyone else’s, took a beating in 2020 and continue to do so. Fewer people driving to work equals fewer gas tax dollars to fund projects and maintenance. Fewer ferry trips also equals fewer fares and less money in the bank account.