Oil Rebate funds have allowed the Freeway and Arterial Management Effort (FAME) to spearhead technological breakthroughs in communication that both decrease the duration of congestion, and allow travelers to avoid the congestion as it occurs, thus decreasing energy used for travel, and pollutants generated by travel. Oil rebate funds have allowed FAME to perform a number of groundbreaking studies that have improved the state’s ability to control and manage traffic. Further, the $1.4 million in Oil Rebate funding for FAME has been used to leverage or match almost $7.7 million from other funding sources.
The majority of the 23 projects that have been partially or wholly funded by Oil Rebate monies have been very successful; meanwhile, projects with unsatisfactory outcomes were frequently terminated before completion, and rebate monies were re-allocated to other, more promising opportunities. The use of Oil Rebate funding has decreased the risks associated with investigating non-traditional approaches to traffic flow improvements, and allowed WSDOT to begin quantifying benefits that could be gained from new approaches to dealing with congestion problems.