Thursday, October 15, 2015

Increased Fees Mean Many New Projects for ID, But Some Drivers Still Mad

Meanwhile in Idaho, fee increases passed by the Legislature last spring have just funded $49.2 million in transportation projects, with construction just wrapping up, but some people are mad because they didn't realize they would be paying more for gas and their car's registration.

This Coeur d'Alene Press article, written by former SRTC employee Jeff Selle, says the fee increases are going to pay for a backlog of road and bridge projects. The legislation raised registration fees by $25 for private vehicles and $25 for commercial vehicles starting on July 1, 2015. In addition, it increased the state gas tax to 32 cents per gallon, up from 25 cents a gallon. Fees were also raised on electric hybrid vehicles because, while they don't use as much fuel as a standard car, they still affect our infrastructure with wear and tear to our roadways.

This has some people upset who bought them to save money on gas. 

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.