Transportation


In 2015, Gov. Inslee led the effort to secure the largest single transportation investment in state history. This $16 billion bipartisan package addresses critical maintenance and safety needs around the state, provides more than 200,000 jobs and funds projects that relieve congestion, improve freight mobility and provide more clean transportation choices.

Current Work

  • Results Washington. Sustainable Transportation
  • Autonomous Vehicles: Washington state is already a leader in autonomous vehicle technology. These vehicles could help save countless lives, reclaim time spent in traffic, improve mobility and be an important tool in our efforts to combat climate change. In June 2017, Governor Inslee signed an executive order to create the Governor’s AV Working Group and further support the safe testing and operation of autonomous vehicles. Read more about the Governor's AV Workgroup.
  • Move Washington forward with a transportation investment package. Gov. Inslee signed the biggest transportation investment in state history into law in July 2015. The package creates jobs, improves road safety, invests in transit, ensures project accountability and funds a historic level of clean transportation projects.
  • Electrification of Washington’s roadways. Gov. Inslee set a goal of 50,000 electric vehicles on Washington’s roads by 2020. To support the growing trend of more drivers choosing to purchase EVs, Gov. Inslee is working to expand the availability of high-speed charging stations, increase incentives and build out our EV infrastructure.
  • Keep our roads safe. Gov. Inslee and the Washington State Patrol are working to reduce highway deaths to zero by 2030 as part of the Target Zero strategic plan.

Key Successes

2016

  • Electric vehicle infrastructure. Making significant progress toward Gov. Inslee’s Results Washington goal of 50,000 EVs on the road by 2020, he signed legislation (HB 1853) that will allow utilities to more effectively play a role in building up Washington’s electric vehicle infrastructure
  • Gov. Inslee signed into law HB 2524, the 2016 transportation supplemental budget that included several of his key priorities including:
    • First steps to addressing recruitment and retention issues at the Washington State Patrol by providing a 5 percent salary increase for troopers, sergeants, lieutenants and captains;
    • Operations funding for an 87-car stand-by ferry to improve system maintenance and reliability;
    • Key traffic relief initiatives including 10 new incident response trucks throughout Puget Sound to more quickly clear collisions and blockages, faster replacement of aging expansion joints along I-5, and authorization for the state Department of Transportation to lift Interstate-405 tolls on nights, weekends and holidays and additional capacity at certain chokepoints on I-405 to alleviate congestion.
  • Autonomous vehicles. In early 2016, Gov. Inslee met with key executives from Google to recruit their self-driving car project to Washington state. Google later announced it had selected Kirkland, as its location for a testing program with the first of its vehicles. In addition to improving road safety, autonomous vehicles could transform mobility for millions of people, reclaiming the billions of hours wasted in traffic, and bringing everyday destinations and new opportunities within reach of those who might otherwise be excluded by their inability to drive a car.

2015

  • Transportation investment package. Gov. Inslee brokered a 16-year, $16 billion “Connecting Washington” transportation investment package that will create ~200,000 jobs and includes:
    • Road and safety projects around the state including megaprojects like SR 520 bridge, the North Spokane Corridor, SR 167/SR 509 Gateway Project, and widening of I-5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
    • Highway maintenance and preservation
    • Non-highway projects like bike paths, rail and transit
    • Funding for ferries including a fourth Olympic Class Ferry Vessel
    • Authorization for Sound Transit to seek voter-approval for $15 billion to extend light rail to Everett, Tacoma and Redmond
    • Investments related to fish barrier removal, bridge preservation, freight rail improvements, electric vehicle and alternative fuel tax credits and commute trip reduction programs
  • Electric vehicle infrastructure. Making significant progress toward Gov. Inslee’s Results Washington goal of 50,000 EVs on the road by 2020, he signed legislation (HB 1853) that will allow utilities to more effectively play a role in building up Washington’s electric vehicle infrastructure. 

2014

  • SR 530 slide response. After the devastation of the SR 530 slide, Gov. Inslee directed WSDOT to work quickly and diligently to rebuild the road. Crews removed 90,000 cubic yards of debris in just twenty days and fully reconstructed the road in just 109 days.
  • Electric vehicle infrastructure. Gov. Inslee advanced statewide electric vehicle charging infrastructure through a $250,000 evaluation of expansion opportunities.
  • Transportation investment negotiations. Led by Gov. Inslee, negotiations continued on a transportation investment package.

2013

  • Skagit Bridge response. When the Skagit Bridge collapsed, Gov. Inslee and WSDOT began to rebuild almost immediately. The bridge was finished ahead of schedule with the temporary bridge in place in 27 days and the permanent bridge installed in 66 days.

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