Transportation budget

It will cost more to travel on a state ferry in Washington this fall

BY: - August 10, 2023

The Washington State Transportation Commission on Thursday voted to increase fares for Washington State Ferries this fall. Commissioners approved a 4.25% hike for vehicles and walk-on passengers on Oct. 1 and another 4.25% on Oct. 1, 2024.  They also agreed to provide buyers of a 20-ride book the equivalent of five free trips, up from […]

Pavement politics: Roads chief and legislators at odds on spending priorities

BY: - June 20, 2023

When Washington Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar last month warned the state transportation system is “on a glidepath to failure,” it wasn’t the first time he’d issued such a dire forecast. The state’s roads czar, along with his boss, three-term Gov. Jay Inslee, voiced concern in the legislative session about lawmakers putting too much money […]

State roads chief: Transportation system is on ‘glidepath to failure’

BY: - May 22, 2023

Washington’s roads czar is warning that the state transportation system is “on a glidepath to failure” after lawmakers put too much money into building new projects and not enough into upkeep.  Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar said this “misalignment” in the latest budget makes it likely the state will continue to fall behind on its […]