There has been a lot of talk regionally and nationally about congestion pricing, tolling, and pay as you drive user fees. Earlier today I was at a meeting on PSRC's 2040 plan where the discussion of infrastructure funding was front and center. On Thursday the Joint Transportation Committee will be discussing tolling and long-term transportation funding at their meeting. It is at 9:30am on Thursday at the ST board room, here is the agenda.
I got word today from our friends in California that the LA Metropolitan Planning Organization is starting a HOT lane program similar to the pilot program WSDOT has on 167.
This LA Times article on the topic is well worth the read. Many of points of contention and debate in Southern California are similar to what I hear at meetings around the Puget Sound.