WASHINGTON STATE HIGHWAY COST ALLOCATION STUDY

A DISCUSSION IS PRESENTED OF THE OBJECTIVES, PROCEDURES, METHODOLOGY AND SOME OF THE FINDINGS OF A THREE-YEAR STUDY OF HIGHWAY COST ALLOCATION CONDUCTED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL FOR HIGHWAY RESEARCH THROUGH THE AGENCY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON AND THE STATE COLLEGE OF WASHINGTON FOR THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATIVE JOINT FACT-FINDING COMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS, STREETS AND BRIDGES FOR THE BIENNIA 1953-55 AND 1955-57. ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS WERE THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS STUDY. WHO SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TOWARD PAYING THE COST OF PUBLIC ROADS AND STREETS IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON? WHAT IS AN EQUITABLE DIVISION OF ROAD COST RESPONSIBILITY AMONG THE THREE PRINCIPAL DIRECT BENEFICIARIES: THE HIGHWAY USERS, THE OWNERS OF AFFECTED PROPERTY, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC? HOW CAN THE USERS' SHARE OF THESE COSTS BE DIVIDED EQUITABLY AMONG THE VARIOUS TYPES OF AUTOMOBILES, TRUCKS, AND BUSES? MAJOR RELIANCE WAS PLACED ON COLLATERAL RESEARCH BY THE WASHINGTON STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT AND THE UNITED STATES BUREAU OF PUBLIC ROADS. WHERE DATA WERE LACKING ORIGINAL FACT-FINDING WAS DONE. THE COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS OF THESE DATA ARE DISCUSSED AS WELL AS THE MANNER IN WHICH RESPONSIBILITY FOR WASHINGTON'S HIGHWAY COSTS MIGHT BE DIVIDED BETWEEN USERS AND OTHERS. THIS IS DONE FOR EACH ROAD SYSTEM (COUNTY, CITY AND STATE--A REASONABLY FUNCTIONAL AS WELL AS ADMINISTRATIVE CLASSIFICATION) AND FOR THE COMBINED SYSTEMS ON THE BASES OF RELATIVE USE, EARNINGS CREDIT AND RELATIVE BENEFIT. THE RESULTS ARE ALSO COMPARED WITH THE ACTUAL 1953 NEEDS AND WITH THE 1954 RECEIPTS FROM USERS AND OTHERS FOR HIGHWAYS. THESE COMPARISONS SHOW THAT THE CURRENT RATE OF USER CONTRIBUTION IS SUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT THE USERS' SHARE OF THE COST OF A MODERN-DAY SYSTEM OF PUBLIC ROADS AND CITY STREETS. THE USERS' SHARE OF THE HIGHWAY COSTS IS THEN DIVIDED AMONG CLASSES OF USERS ON THREE DIFFERENT BASES: THE AMOUNT OF HIGHWAY USE (TON-MILE OR WEIGHT MILE), OPERATING COSTS, AND INCREMENTAL COSTS. ALTERNATIVE PROCEDURES FOR CONVERTING USER GROUP RESPONSIBILITY INTO INDIVIDUAL FEES AND THE COST OF BORROWING FOR HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION ARE ALSO DISCUSSED. /AUTHOR/

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  • Monograph Title: Allocating highway cost responsibility: report on studies in five states
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  • Accession Number: 00201562
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1994 12:00AM