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Performance-Based Evaluation Proviso – How Decisions are Currently Made

Decisions are evaluated differently depending on the funding source.

Decision-making varies based on the type of project and the funding source. For example, WSDOT chooses preservation work (preserving what has already been built) based on the lowest life-cycle costs.

WSDOT and other agencies give transportation grants to cities, counties, and transit agencies based on separate criteria for specific programs.

Over the last 20 years, when the State Legislature considered new transportation revenue (such as increasing the gas tax), members negotiated how to use it. Leaders would call for projects, which members would bring forward from cities, counties, tribal governments, WSDOT, interest groups, and others. The Legislature would then discuss which projects to fund.

The proviso directed us to look at how to evaluate projects based on performance to inform legislative decisions.