Contact Us

Survey Shows People Willing to Pay Higher Taxes for Better Roads

Ralph Orlowski, Getty Images

The Washington State Transportation Commission has just completed a statewide survey of the Voice of Washington State (VOWS) survey panel that asked thousands of Washington state residents several questions on transportation.

A resounding 86 percent think it is urgent to make sure Washington’s transportation system works effectively today and into the future and 60 percent would consider raising transportation taxes to ensure future transportation needs are met, a nine percent increase from 2012.

The findings have been submitted to the Governor and Legislature as they consider a possible transportation revenue package aimed at meeting the growing needs of our state.

Some of the key statewide findings from the survey include:

  • When given a number of benefits that come from increased long-term investments in our transportation system, 78 percent said preserving infrastructure was important in terms of justifying additional taxes for our transportation system. The next highest benefit for justifying additional taxes was reducing congestion (61 percent) and expanding transit (56 percent).
  • Only 20 percent rate Washington’s transportation system as better than average. This is a six percent decline from 2012.
  • On average residents give Washington’s statewide transportation system a C-minus grade.
  • When asked rate the importance of specific transportation components, 84 percent feel maintaining and repairing existing roads, highways and bridges is important, followed by expanding public transit services (49 percent) and adding or increasing inter-city passenger rail service (46 percent). This result is similar to the 2012 survey.

The VOWS survey panel began in 2011 and utilizes a multi-layered recruiting strategy including mail, phone, email, word of mouth, social media to help provide the broadest possible statewide coverage of Washington residents. All survey results are statistically valid and projectable to the full population of Washington state. A total of 5,765 responses were collected from across the state for this survey.

Best of KIT

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KIT VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KIT VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.