A report out Wednesday outlines why local leaders think the idea for a pay-by-mile tax will work in Washington State.
The report paints a bleak picture of transportation funding.
Even though voters approved a $16 billion transportation bill last year, the Transportation Futures Task Force -- a group of mayors, commissioners, county executives, and local CEOs -- are going to approve the report Wednesday, saying if the state doesn’t adopt new ideas like pay-by-mile, its roads will continue to deteriorate.
The report outlines a pilot program that would eliminate the gas tax, which is 37.5 cents a gallon, and instead pay for each mile driven -- probably about 2 cents a mile.
The task force says more than a million additional people will live and work in the Puget Sound area by 2040 and the current funding sources of gas-taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, license fees and tolling won't sustain the future transportation needs.
Drivers who KIRO 7 spoke with are split on the idea.
The State Transportation Commission has already signed off on a pilot program to test pay-by-mile, so the Task Force report is more of a stamp of approval.
The state's pilot program will give drivers a choice of having a GPS device record the miles driven or a smartphone app that would connect to their vehicle’s Bluetooth network.
Drivers would also have the option to pay flat fee for unlimited miles for the month or year.
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