Washington is a national leader in making smart transportation investments, reports the nonpartisan think tank Pew Center on the States. Pew says Washington's policy decisions are directly tied to data, performance measures and goals, making us one of 13 states leading the way in advancing cost-effective transportation policies. While most states aren't measuring up or have mixed results, Washington's approach helps to "ensure the likelihood of a strong return for taxpayers."
To compile the report, Pew examined six factors tied to a state's economic well-being and quality of life: access, safety, mobility, jobs and commerce, environmental stewardship, and infrastructure preservation. Washington scored well across the board.
Pew praises Washington's performance measures, reporting that our data collection allows us to calculate, for example, that the cost of traffic delay dropped by 21 percent from 2007 to 2009. State officials also factor return-on-investment figures into their project decisions.
Click here to read the fact sheet on Washington, and here for more information about the report and other states.
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