Yesterday’s release of the Washington Roundtable/Boston Consulting group transportation report could not have been better timed. That report found that a $7 billion infrastructure investment would yield $42 billion in economic benefits. Also yesterday, the Washington State Department of Transportation released its 2014 Corridor Capacity Report. It’s long, wonkish and important. A couple of bullets pulled from the executive summary.
- Delay on state highways cost drivers and businesses $858 million in 2013 compared to $845 million in 2011 (about $125 per Washingtonian, both in 2011 and 2013).
- In 2013, 1,026 (5.5%) of the 18,662 state highway lane miles experienced congestion, compared to 1,007 highway lane miles in 2011. More than half of them were on urban commute corridors (I-5, I-90, I-205, I-405, SR 167 and SR 520). ,
The Seattle Times has a good story on the WSDOT report. And Danny Westneat in the Times summarizes it a a not long, not wonkish, but still important column, “Hey, we’re world class! For truly terrible traffic.”
The Roundtable’s report gathered some important press coverage, including an excellent KING 5 news story (click through for the video).
On his blog, state Rep. Ross Hunter, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, reviews the Roundtable report. While taking note of the political challenges associated with passage of the last transportation package a decade ago, he says, it’s incredibly important to our economy. “We need to finish the job,” he concludes.
On that, there should be bipartisan agreement in 2015.