The Washington State Transportation Commission is expected to approve a pilot project designed to charge drivers for every mile they travel on public roads.
A Road Usage Charge would eventually replace the gas tax in Washington State, which has brought in less revenue with more hybrid and electric vehicles using less gas. A GPS device would track miles driven and charge accordingly. Testing would begin next year.
The state legislature will be asked in January to give final approval for the test project. A GPS requirement wouldn’t happen until at least 2017.
It is modeled after a similar pilot project happening in Oregon.