WSDOT: “Congestion is a problem we can’t solve”

Is it time for a new state transportation agency? WSDOT says they can’t solve traffic congestion.

KVI‘s John Carlson reveals a great deal about Seattle’s traffic congestion and why it has the 10th worst traffic congestion in the nation. They say they can’t (or won’t try) to fix the problem.

John Carlson explains how WSDOT got the legislature to approve TOLLS on I-405, including eliminating 2-person car pools from being able to drive in the HOV lanes. This ADDED to the traffic congestion in the other, general purpose lanes of I-405.

WSDOT was supposed to build a new general purpose lane on I-405 to relieve traffic congestion. Instead, Carlson says WSDOT found a way to make money — it’s “larceny” says Carlson.

WSDOT says our gas tax is too low. John Carlson points out that Washington has the 2nd HIGHEST gas tax in the nation.

He reveals that bicycling in Seattle is DOWN for the past 3 years, and more.

Start listening at the 3:35 minute mark, and go thru 15:58.

Seattle’s KOMO news reports the following.

More and bigger highways won’t cure Washington state’s growing traffic woes and preventing congestion is an impossible goal from a financial standpoint.

That gloomy assessment comes from Roger Millar, the head of the state Department of Transportation, according to a report in the AASHTO Journalpublished by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

At a meeting of the association last week, Millar said building more highways “isn’t the answer,” and congestion “is a problem we simply cannot solve.”

Incredibly, WSDOT Secretary Millar attempts to blame affordable housing. How incredibly sad.

He says burgeoning traffic on the state’s roads is actually a symptom of a much bigger problem – that people can’t afford to live where they work, so they spend hours on the road in vehicles that many times are not in very good condition.

“Washington state family after Washington family keeps finding out that the only house they can afford is miles away from where they work,” he said. 

His job isn’t HUD Secretary. “Affordable housing” is much more often caused by government over regulation, development rules and costs that are too high, and our state’s Growth Management Act and improper imposition of Urban Growth Boundaries. But in the Seattle area, it’s also due to the unprecedented success of Amazon that has added roughly 50,000 jobs in the Seattle area.

Citizens need a Transportation Secretary who will work to ADD new vehicle capacity, working to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety on our roads.