Washington lawmakers pursue Road Usage Charge

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by JOHN LANGELER / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 9:20 AM

SEATTLE -- A plan to charge Washington drivers per-mile to raise more transportation money is getting a closer look from lawmakers in Olympia.

$1.4 million has already been spent studying the impacts and possible benefits of charging drivers to use the state's roads.  Late last week, a task force created by the Transportation Commission presented a report indicating this type of fee could bring in up to $3 billion.

Washington is now pushing forward with a pilot program to investigate further.  It likely would not start until 2015.

According to the study, drivers could be charged three ways; either with a flat-fee, by having odometers checked, or with an electronic device installed in cars to measure how many miles are driven.

Oregon is implementing its own version soon, charging some drivers a cent-and-a-half to use state roads.

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