The Legislature provided the Commission with funding and a mandate to conduct a comprehensive tolling study - ESSB 6091, Section 206 (pdf 222 kb). To ensure the Commission is able to focus and remain fully engaged throughout the course of this effort, the Commission appointed three of its members to serve on a team that is responsible for overseeing the detailed implementation of this study.
Tolling Study Team
The Commission Team membership is as follows:
Dick Ford - Team Lead
Tolling Study Information
1 - Final Tolling Study
Report (pdf 456 kb)
This is the final report of the Commission's comprehensive tolling study. It was presented to the Commission at their September 2006 monthly meeting in Olympia. The report presents the following information: the Commission's eight proposed policy recommendations; background information on tolling; a discussion on if, where, when, and how to toll in Washington State; a discussion on legal issues we face in trying to do tolling in this state and a proposed implementation plan to overcome identified obstacles; and a proposal for near-term action items to get tolling off the ground.
2 - Background Papers (pdf 5.5 mb)
These papers are intended to provide the reader with some background on national perspectives on various aspects of tolling as well as detailed information related to tolling in Washington State. This file is over 400 pages long so if you wish to directly access one of the papers, please refer to the list of the individual papers below.
Individual Listing of Background Papers: The list below represents all of the background papers and materials contained in Volume 2 above should you wish to directly access a specific paper.
- Background Paper #1 - National Perspective: Use of Tolling and Related Issues (pdf 194 kb)
- Background Paper #2 - Ascertainment Interviews: Opinion of Washington's Community Leaders (pdf 218 kb)
- Background Paper #3 - Organizational and Administrative Structures (pdf 246 kb)
- Background Paper #4 - Equity, Fairness, and Uniformity in Tolling (pdf 383 kb)
- Background Paper #5 - National Perspective: Review of Public Attitudes and Perceptions (pdf 201 kb)
- Background Paper #6 - Limitations of Studies Used to Advance Toll Projects (pdf 181kb)
- Backgrond Paper #7 - Tacoma Narrows Bridge Toll Policy (pdf 281 kb)
- Background Paper #8 - Toll Technology Considerations, Opportunities and Risks (pdf 683 kb)
- Background Paper #9 - Analysis of Illustrative Examples (pdf 1 mb)
- Background Paper #10 - Legal and Regulatory Issues (pdf 207 kb)
- Background Paper #11 - Public and Stakeholder Outreach (pdf 201 kb)
- Public and Stakeholder Outreach Appendices (pdf 2.6 mb)
on the Final Tolling Study
Report (pdf 1.3 mb)
This presentation was given to the Commission at their September 2006 meeting and summarizes the information contained in the Tolling Study Final Report provided above.
of Washington State Voters
Issues & Tolling (pdf 629 kb)
This report was issued on April 11, 2006 and reflects the findings of a statewide survey aimed at gathering the public's views and opinions on tolling and general transportation issues.
Note: to view the following report Microsoft Powerpoint is required.
Powerpoint Presentation Summarizing the Public Attitude Survey Report (pdf 1.1 mb)
This presentation was given to the Transportation Commission on April 18, 2006 at their monthly meeting. The presentation summarizes the results of the public attitude survey report titled "Attitudes of Washington State Voters Toward Transportation Issues & Tolling".
Tolling Study Presentation - December
13 (pdf 1.8 mb)
Cambridge Systematics' December 13, 2005 presentation to the Commission on the draft interim report addressing such questions as What roles can tolling play in developing and managing Washington’s future transportation system? What rules should govern the use of toll revenue? What rules should govern setting toll rates? and What are the implications of alternative toll policies at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge?
Tolling Study, Part 2
The 2007 Legislature directed the Commission to do a second phase of the tolling study aimed at providing more detail on possible tolling project candidates statewide. The specific mandate was as follows:
2007-2009 Transportation Budget - ESHB 1094, Section 206:
“…(3) The commission shall conduct a planning grade tolling study that is based on the recommended policies in the commission’s comprehensive tolling study submitted September 20, 2006.”
Further direction was given in the Transportation Budget Notes – Agency Detail document:
“…3. Continuation of Tolling Study - Funding is provided for more detailed modeling of tolling options on specific routes and structures. The Commission shall contract with the WSDOT Economic Partnership Program to develop tolling scenarios."
The Part 2 Tolling Study is now complete and the final report was adopted at the February Commission meeting is below. This report identifies 28 potential tolling projects statewide that could be carried out over the next 20 years. The Commission also offers six recommendations in this report that are considered to be in addition to the eight policy recommendations contained in the Part 1 Tolling Study report.
Comprehensive Tolling Study Part 2 Final Report (pdf 351 kb)
The presentation below was given to the Commission at their February meeting in Olympia and gives an overview of the Tolling Study Part 2 final report.
Tolling Study Part 2 Presentation (pdf 160 kb)