The entire purpose of transportation policy is to provide clear and free flowing traffic so goods, services and citizens can avoid traffic congestion and reduce commute times. For the last 15 years the State of Washington has failed to provide any clear-cut benchmarks to properly assess the performance of the Washington Department of Transportation. Zero accountability. None. Without these benchmarks there is no way for the legislature or WDOT to properly assess how they are performing. What we have now is a department that has become a black hole that sucks up resources and provides no demonstrable way to assess progress. Even worse, according to the 2018 National Traffic Scorecard that assesses traffic across the United States, Seattle ranked 6th worse in the nation. In fact, things have gotten so bad in Washington, in 2018 the WDOT Secretary stated the traffic problems in Washington simply can’t be solved. Unbelievable. I reject that. I believe Washingtonians deserve better and we have some commonsense solutions to fix it.
Accountability. The legislature needs to put benchmarks back into law so we can plan and monitor the progress being made to achieve specific measurable goals at the state, city, county, and transit levels.
Partnerships. States like Texas and Florida have implemented with great success programs that utilize public/private partnerships that shift a portion of the transportation costs from the pockets of taxpayers to private investors. Once projects have been developed and approved, we must streamline the permitting process so avoid or eliminate delayed project start dates. We will reward contractors with timely completion of projects completed within the appropriate budget levels.
Cost Reduction. Artificial cost inflation occurs because of government corruption, ridiculous and unnecessary regulations and time delays. We streamline the process of construction and hold departments accountable to stay on time and on budget.