SEATTLE -- A plan to charge Washington drivers per-mile to raise more transportation money is getting a closer look from lawmakers in Olympia.
$1.4 million has already been spent studying the impacts and possible benefits of charging drivers to use the state's roads. Late last week, a task force created by the Transportation Commission presented a report indicating this type of fee could bring in up to $3 billion.
Washington is now pushing forward with a pilot program to investigate further. It likely would not start until 2015.
According to the study, drivers could be charged three ways; either with a flat-fee, by having odometers checked, or with an electronic device installed in cars to measure how many miles are driven.
Oregon is implementing its own version soon, charging some drivers a cent-and-a-half to use state roads.