As of Wednesday, February 14, 2018
OLYMPIA Washington drivers are ready to get behind the wheel and test a new way to pay for our roadways.
Since active recruitment of drivers began last fall, the Washington Road Usage Charge Pilot Project has heard from nearly 5,000 drivers from every corner of Washington state who have expressed interest in participating.
The Washington State Transportation Commission has begun inviting drivers to enroll and fill the 2,000 available spots in this year-long pilot.
“It’s exciting to know that so many drivers are interested in this unique opportunity to inform future transportation policy – we hope to see a continued strong response throughout the enrollment process,” project chair Joe Tortorelli said.
Over the next few weeks, invitations to potential participants will be sent via email until all 2,000 drivers are enrolled. The enrollment goal is for a participant pool that best represents state demographics, including geographic location (rural, urban and suburban), race, income and gender.
Types of cars driven will also be considered, as the pilot is aiming for a mix of vehicles. The 2,000 drivers that ultimately enroll will test a simulation of a road usage charge system and provide feedback on their experience throughout the pilot.
The findings from the pilot project will be presented to the legislature and the governor before they make any decisions about whether to enact a road usage charge in Washington.
The pilot will conclude in early 2019 and a report will be presented to the legislature during the 2020 legislative session.