VANCOUVER, Wash --. Just appointed this week, incoming Washington Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson said it's too soon to talk specifics about some of her plans.
But Peterson did share some insight into what drivers can expect.
She said toll roads are not going away.
"Tolls are certainly a tool that's in the toolbox and is really a user fee related to the use of the roadway that needs to be rebuilt or maintained," said Peterson.
She supports the 10-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase proposed in Olympia this week.
"We're going to need to use the methods that we have in place today in order to pay for the maintenance of a system created over almost 60 years," said Peterson.
Peterson drives an electric car and expects to see more hybrids and electric cars on Washington roads in the near future.
She also supports bike-friendly projects and has a background in expanding public transportation systems.
"If at the end of the day," Peterson said, "we have created a healthier system, a safer system, a more economically vital community all the way through the state of Washington, then we will have done our job."