Senate passes $15 billion transportation package

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I-5 Traffic

Interstate 5 is home to some of the worst traffic in the country at times.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Senate has approved a $15 billion transportation revenue package that includes an incremental gas tax increase of 11.7 cents over the next three years.

The chamber passed the revenue bill Monday on a 27-22 vote and negotiations with the House will begin.

Under the 16-year plan, the gas tax would increase in three stages: a 5-cent increase would take effect this summer, a 4.2-cent increase would follow next year, and then a final 2.5-cent increase would take effect the following year.

The Senate proposal includes more than $8 billion for road projects across the state and puts money toward transit and local rail projects, as well as bike paths and pedestrian walkways. It also would allow Sound Transit to ask voters to fund potential expansions of its rail line.

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  • Rob

    Don’t blame this on republicans Buddy. You’d be crazy to do that. Inslee has been driving a $1.00 gas tax. So why would you keep voting for democrats?

    The issue with traffic in Seattle is FLOW more than volume. Allowing drivers to go from 520 ACROSS I-5 to get to South Lk Union / Mercer Mess IS INSANITY!!! Then repeat that mess in the evening going from Mercer, across ALL LANES of I5 to get to 520!!!!

  • Jason

    alright instead of raping us three ways bring back the thirty dollar tabs. Take away all the tolls and then raise the gas tax which is already one of the highest in the nation. Then quit wasting money on doing projects two three times in a row ala 522

  • Joe

    We should all be so proud of our elected officials. Very creative way to get more from the people rather than learn proper spending methods. What a bunch of dorks.

  • Angry Tax Payer

    Is this why the county has started literally washing speed limit signs? I’d really rather not pay for that…

  • Dale

    We don’t need more bike paths! Let the bike riders pay a tax on there bikes to pay for this crap and waste of money!

  • Terry

    This is B.S. We pay a boatload of taxes already and part of the basic service we are supposed to get for that money is decent roads to drive on. The thieves in Olympia never even consider cutting the budget, or cutting some entitlement programs, it’s always tax, tax, tax. Keep voting democrat, that’s what you’ll get everytime.

  • Bobert

    This is actually great news! Our country’s infrastructure is degrading rapidly. I saw a video where one expert struggled to choose between “unsafe” and “dangerous” to describe a bridge. Which people drive over. Daily. It’s scary, honestly. I’m happy to pay slightly more for gas in order to not have the risk of dying while driving over a bridge.

  • Skip

    The population keeps going up and the roads are getting worn out faster, but there’s more drivers to share the costs. We are driving on roads designed decades ago. I agree with reducing welfare, spending more on roads and education.

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