Keep Washington Rolling

Keep Washington Rolling is a statewide coalition of labor unions, business leaders, environmental & transit advocates and local governments who have, for the last 15 years, worked together to push for investments in our state’s transportation system.

Washington has urgent transportation challenges that must be addressed — including a backlog on maintenance on highways and bridges, completing projects already underway, transit investment, ferries and key projects.

Passage of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides an opportunity to leverage federal investment in some of our most urgent transportation needs. But we must act urgently to fund projects so we are competitive against other states. The Move Ahead Washington plan will make critical investments in our transportation system and our economy.

As we continue to wade through uncertainties due to the pandemic, we must ensure our transportation system is able to equitably support our economy, our workers and families. Bold transportation infrastructure investments, like Move Ahead Washington, will support job creation and continued economic recovery; putting folks to work, moving goods more effectively and efficiency, and ensuring mobility for our workers returning to their workplaces.

Our Focus in 2022

This month, more than 60 organizations representing business, labor, environmental and transit advocates and local governments sent a letter to the Legislature urging action on transportation in 2022.

Read the January 17 letter and see the list of signers.

Since that letter was sent, the Move Ahead Washington proposal was introduced in the Washington Legislature. We urge Legislative leaders from both chambers to come together and work over the next few weeks to pass this plan. Quick action will support economic recovery, address critical safety and mobility needs and support local jobs. Passage of Move Ahead Washington will:

Address Critical Needs: The Move Ahead Washington package will address the significant backlog of deferred maintenance projects in Washington state that threaten the reliability and safety of our transportation system. It also makes investments in critical projects that must be addressed such as replacements for the current I-5 bridge over the Columbia River, the Highway 2 trestle, completion of improvements to I-405, addressing challenges in the ferry system, underfunded transit service and infrastructure needs, and more.

Finish what we’ve started: In 2015, the Legislature adopted Connecting Washington — a $16 billion, 16-year transportation investment plan, multimodal investments and projects in key economic corridors. Many of those projects are already underway or set to begin soon and are experiencing increased costs. The Move Ahead Washington plan prioritizes keeping projects on track, protecting the jobs they support and demonstrating accountability to the public.

Invest in equitable economic opportunity for all: The state estimates a 10-year, $31 billion dollar gap for public transit and active transportation, which has only been exacerbated during the pandemic, with disproportionate impacts on low-income communities and communities of color. The Move Ahead Washington plan ensures the continuity and completion of our multimodal systems around the state is paramount for our most vulnerable populations and the post-pandemic workforce.

Prioritize environmental stewardship & sustainability: We have a federal legal obligation to address culvert replacement over the next ten years. In addressing this, we can create jobs while we save our salmon and environment. Reducing our carbon footprint is critical in fighting the climate crisis, and the transportation sector is the single biggest contributor to GHG emissions in Washington. Move Ahead Washington makes investments in transportation to deliver more multimodal options, convert our ferry and public fleets to zero emission and incentives the reduction of carbon use.

New transportation investments will support continued economy recovery and support local jobs.

Washington residents are depending on us. Let’s Move Ahead Washington and pass this important transportation package this year.

Join Us and Make Your Voice Heard

Our coalition — business leaders, labor unions, local governments and environmental and transit advocates — will continue to work throughout the legislative session to support the Move Ahead Washington comprehensive transportation package.

We invite you to join us! Click here to send a letter to your legislator.

You can also call your legislators TODAY (1-800-562-6000) and tell them to pass the Move Ahead Washington package this year! We need to get people, goods and services moving again.

Your voice is critical to this effort.

Supporters of The 2022 Funding Package

The cities and organizations below have signed on to a January 17 letter of support for a state transportation project. Action in 2022 is crucial to supporting local jobs and an equitable economic recovery.

Amazon.com

American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington

Association of Washington Cities

Benton Rural Electric Association

City of Battle Ground – Philip Johnson, Mayor

City of Bothell

City of Bremerton – Greg Wheeler, Mayor

City of Covington

City of Everett, Paula Rhyne, Councilmember, District 2

City of Fife – Kim Roscoe, Mayor

City of Issaquah – Mary Lou Pauly, Mayor

City of Kelso – Michael Karnofski, Mayor

City of Lake Stevens – Brett Gailey, Mayor

City of Lakewood – Jason Whalen, Mayor

City of Newcastle – Robert Wyman, City Manager

City of Redmond – Angela Birney, Mayor

City of Renton – Armondo Pavone, Mayor

City of West Richland – Brent Gerry, Mayor/CEO

Clean & Prosperous Washington

Climate Solutions

Columbia River Economic Development Council

Deep Sea Fishermen’s Union of the Pacific, AFL-CIO

Economic Alliance Snohomish County

EE Overton

Fred Meyer Stores

Google

HDR Engineering

HNTB Corporation

Inland Northwest AGC

International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302

Iron Workers – Pacific Northwest District Council

King County Executive Dow Constantine

LIUNA

Mason County Commissioner Kevin Shutty

Microsoft Corporation

Next Bold Move

NW Carpenters Union

NW Natural

Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters

Parametrix Inc.

PEMCO

Port of Seattle

Port of Tacoma

PRR

Puget Sound Maritime Trades Council, AFL-CIO

Sailors’ Union of the Pacific

Sanitary Service Company, Inc.

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

South Sound Chamber of Commerce Legislative Coalition

The Northwest Seaport Alliance

Thurston Economic Development Council

Transportation Choices Coalition

Vigor

Vulcan LLC

Washington & Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers

Washington Build Back Black Alliance (WBBBA)

Washington Conservation Voters

Washington Economic Development Association

Washington Environmental Council

Washington Public Ports Association

Washington Roundtable

Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Washington State Transit Association

Washington Technology Industry Association

Wright Runstad & Company

WSP USA

What local community leaders are saying about the Move Ahead Washington proposal:

“We support this package because it addresses critical safety needs. It represents a unique opportunity to strengthen our approach to resiliency in the transportation system that will be to the benefit of generations to come – all while creating jobs and tax revenue and leveraging the resources of the federal government too.”
— Rob Berman, Washington Area Manager, HDR

“Every day TransWest moves the employees of some of the largest companies in Washington State. We support a transportation package to make needed investments in our system, to keep our economy moving and to address the realities of climate change now.”
— Andrew Glass Hastings, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, TransWest

“The 2015 package also left the state’s most critical project unfunded… the I-5 bridge connecting Washington and Oregon which is 105 years old, seismically at-risk and in serious need of modernization to keep our people, freight, goods and economy moving as the northwest’s second largest metropolitan area continues to grow.”
— Ron Arp, Identity Clark County

“2020 began a monumental shift in American policy which saw legislators all over the country center equity and inclusion in their public policy. We are extraordinarily proud to see Chairs Fey and Lias continue these efforts in Washington state with a 10-year multi-billion dollar commitment to fund overburdened and underserved communities. The WA Build Back Black Alliance applauds the states investments in fixed-route transit service to ensure those with the least amount of resources had their voices heard in meaningful way that yielded $31B of investments in communities of color.”
— Paula Sardiñas, President/CEO, FMSGS/Washington Build Back Black Alliance

“The Washington Economic Development Association and economic developers across Washington support the Move Ahead Washington proposal because it will make critical investments that will catalyze job recovery, expansion and recruitment in Washington’s diverse communities. We need to address our infrastructure gaps and adequately fund our transportation systems in order to achieve a more inclusive economy for employers, workers and families.”
— Suzanne Dale Estey, Executive Director, Washington Economic Development Association

“While there is so much to trumpet in Move Ahead, perhaps one of the most exciting aspects is that agencies from the state’s largest to smallest, rural to urban, will get much-needed financial assistance. The pandemic has hit all of our public transit especially hard, and its effects will likely be felt for years to come. This financial commitment will help provide a transformational investment in our agencies statewide.”
— Justin D. Leighton, Executive Director, Washington State Transit Association

“This package will push Washington forward, with investments in clean, equitable, and connected transportation — recognizing the need to be more innovative and diligent in how we shape our communities.”
— Lorelei Williams, NWP District Transportation Business Line Lead, WSP USA

“This package takes critical next steps on vital projects across the state, from a replacement I-5 bridge over the Columbia River to key Puget Sound projects in the I-405, SR 520, and SR 167 corridors to keep pace with robust growth in both jobs and population.”
— Karen Doherty, Senior Vice President – Northwest Pacific District Leader, WSP USA

“These state-level resources will be vital in leveraging incoming federal formula and grant funds, reinforcing Washington’s reputation for being a great investment for transportation dollars.”
— Genesee Adkins, Senior Planning Director – NWP District, WSP USA

“We applaud the efforts of the two chambers to put forward a proposal which helps to bridge the gap and demonstrates a willingness for continued and substantial transportation infrastructure investments.”
— Josh Swanson, Political and Communications Representative, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302

“It’s critical that we commit resources now to our transportation infrastructure. With employees gradually returning to work, and continued significant employment growth forecast for the area, we must address the backlog of projects as soon as possible. We believe that the Move Ahead Washington proposal is key to that effort and urge our legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle to do what it takes to get this to the governor’s desk.”
—Irene Plenefisch, Government Affairs Director, Microsoft

“The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612 fully supports the Move Ahead Washington transportation package proposal. Transportation infrastructure investments are critical for keeping current projects like the Highway 167 expansion portion of the Gateway Project moving forward. This transportation package will help support and create good paying family wage jobs from construction and beyond.”
— Todd J. Mickelson, Business Manager/Financial Secretary, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 6112

“HNTB Corporation is excited to support the Move Ahead Washington package. The commitments to fund preservation on highways and bridges, while completing projects already underway are critical. More importantly funding investments that help us leverage Federal $s and work on projects that enhance transit and active transportation will benefit all Washingtonians in a more equitable manner.”
— Kevin Collins, Senior Vice President, HNTB Corporation

“The scale of walking and biking investment proposed in Move Ahead Washington is unprecedented. By building more places to walk, bike and roll across Washington, we’re making our communities safer, and we’re giving future generations options to get around that don’t rely on fossil fuels or cars. The sidewalks, protected bike lanes and multi-use trails that will result from the Move Ahead Washington package will create healthy, happy, and more prosperous local communities. Kids who walk, bike, and bus become adults who walk, bike, and bus – and this funding package will ensure a safe and healthy future for all of us.”
— Lee Lambert, Executive Director for Washington Bikes.

“This commitment to increase investments in biking and walking programs and projects comes at an important time. We are experiencing nothing short of a public health crisis on our streets, with deaths and serious injuries to people walking and biking increasing year on year. Investing in biking and walking ensures we can all get home safely – including our most vulnerable road users. Growing the bike/ped and safe routes to schools grant programs is essential in achieving our statewide goals of ending deaths and serious injuries on our streets.”
— Vicky Clarke, Policy Director for Washington Bikes

“Our region needs more transportation investments – for mobility, for prosperity, for competitiveness, for resiliency, and for equity – and we are encouraged that our state’s House and Senate Transportation Committee chairs have come together on a proposal for a transportation funding package, Move Ahead Washington. Investing in our transportation system – keeping what we have in good repair, supporting robust public transit and ferries, and positioning our region for future needs like high-speed rail – is good for jobs, economic growth, and more equitable opportunity and access to our economy. We urge legislative leaders to come together and pass Move Ahead Washington.”
— Rachel Smith, President and CEO, Seattle Metro Chamber President

“The Laborers would like to thank both chambers for their commitment to long term infrastructure in our state with a focus on preservation and maintenance. This will be a giant step towards securing our current infrastructure and planning for our future.”
— Stacy Martin, Business Manager/Secretary- Treasurer, Washington Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers

“As the CEO of Pierce Transit, I am so pleased to see Washington’s transportation leadership recognize the value of supporting robust, equitable transit through new state funding. These historic new investments will serve our essential workers, increase access to jobs and health care, and be a catalyst for affordable housing and economic development. I look forward to passage of the Move Ahead Washington package and the positive impact it will have in communities all across Washington state.”
— Mike Griffus, CEO, Pierce Transit

“Our organization is proud to support Move Ahead WA as it secures future funding for the previously approved Gateway and Connecting WA transportation projects. Puget Sound’s economy is critically dependent on the efficient movement of freight on its roadways. Operating jointly as the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are the fourth largest container gateway in North America, responsible for 48,000 jobs and more than $4 billion in economic activity. Supporting Transportation infrastructure is essential for our region, state and nation to remain competitive with nations on the Pacific Rim.”
— Andrea Reay, President/CEO, Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

“Sumner and Puyallup are home to the second-largest distribution center complexes on the West Coast and the fourth-largest in the country. Completing SR 509 and SR 167 is essential for our state and nation to remain competitive with other Pacific Rim countries.”
— Tara Doyle-Enneking, President/CEO, Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce

“The transportation package introduced today responds to both the urgent needs and the long-term needs of the ferry system that I highlighted in my op-ed last month in The Seattle Times. Special thanks go to Senator Emily Randall for securing those investments as part of the transportation negotiation team and to Senator Christine Rolfes for her integral role in the allocation of general funds to support the package and ferries.”
— Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler

Latest News

Historic transportation package gets lawmakers’ approval, on way to Governor

Press Release, Keep Washington Rolling, March 10, 2022

“Today the Legislature passed a historic transportation investment package that addresses challenges facing our state — including a maintenance backlog on highways and bridges, completing projects already underway and new investments in ferries, transit and other critical projects.” Download press release

WA Democrats propose $16B for transportation, hoping to boost highways, transit and ferries

Seattle Times, January 9, 2022

“Democrats in the Washington Legislature want to spend $16.8 billion over the next 16 years on the state’s transportation system, releasing a proposal Tuesday that would shore up the state’s largest highway projects and promote transit ridership through grants for improved service and free ridership for anyone 18 and under. The proposal also envisions adding four new hybrid-electric boats to the state’s aging ferry fleet, matching available federal dollars to move forward on a high-speed rail project between British Columbia and Oregon and spending nearly $2.5 billion removing barriers to fish passage.” Go to article

Transportation package will Keep Washington Rolling, coalition says

Press Release, Keep Washington Rolling, January 8, 2022

“A package unveiled today by House and Senate Transportation Committee Chairs provides a response to challenges the state must address — including a maintenance backlog on highways and bridges, completing projects already underway and new investments in ferries, transit and other critical projects…Leaders of Keep Washington Rolling, a broad coalition of labor, business, local governments, transit advocates and environmental organizations, called on lawmakers to continue forward on critical state investments in the 2022 legislative session. The state money will be used to help leverage additional federal resources included in passage of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIIJA) last year.”

Download press release

Download quotes from local community leaders around the state

WA state Democrats unveil $16.8 billion transportation package. Here’s what it includes

The News Tribune, January 8, 2022

“Democratic members of the Washington House and Senate introduced a 16-year transportation package proposal on Tuesday. The proposal, Move Ahead Washington, does not rely on any new gas taxes. Instead, funding would come from $16.8 billion in existing or projected revenue to fund several major infrastructure and transportation projects in the state. Sen. Marko Liias, D-Everett, who introduced the legislation with Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, said during a news conference Tuesday that he believes the package is a reflection ‘of what governments at every level should be doing right now at this moment.’ ‘Move Ahead is going to be a big investment that is going to improve the lives of people around the state,’ Liias said.” Go to article

Democrats unveil 16-year, $16.8 billion transportation plan

Herald.net (Everett), January 8, 2022

“Culvert replacement, expanded bus service, four electric state ferries and free transit for those 18 and younger. They’re all part of Democratic state lawmakers’ 16-year, $16.8 billion transportation package unveiled Tuesday. In Snohomish County, there’s money for highway projects, bus investments, ferry terminal upgrades and path improvements for bikes and pedestrians.” Go to article

Transit, highways and free youth fares: WA Democrats release $16B transportation package

Kitsap Sun, January 8, 2022

“‘The investments in this package will help everyone, but particularly don’t pass on the costs to working families,’ said Democratic Sen. Marko Liias, the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. ‘We’ve heard loud and clear that working families are still facing the brunt of an economic burden caused by the pandemic. That’s why there is no gas tax in this package.’” Go to article

Washington Democrats and Republicans want to spend more on transportation. But what will the Legislature get done?

Seattle Times, January 13, 2022

After failing to pass a comprehensive transportation funding package in 2021, Washington state legislators are now mulling how they can resume the effort this year to make major investments in the state’s highways, ferries and transit. Go to article

Legislature’s opportunity in election-year session

Seattle Times, January 7, 2022

In these even years, the Washington Legislature meets in its short 60-day session to kick the tires on its two-year budget plan, adjusting for revenue that misses or exceeds projections and changes in expenses. This is not usually a time for sweeping policy overhauls. But in the session that convenes Monday, lawmakers should be focused on making major investments in the state’s transportation infrastructure. Go to article

Editorial: Get shovels ready for Biden’s transportation plans

Everett Herald, May 12, 2021

Specifically, what can Snohomish County’s communities and the rest of the state expect — assuming eventual passage in Congress — in President Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure package? The short answer: Quite a bit for a broad range of needs here and throughout the state, but not nearly enough that state and regional transportation leaders can let their own responsibilities coast on hopes for federal spending. Go to article

Washington state gets ‘C’ grade on federal Infrastructure Report Card

King5, April 12, 2021

There are 416 bridges and more than 5,469 miles of highway in poor condition in Washington state. Each Washington driver pays $659 each year due to driving on roads needing repair, according to the report. Go to article

Washington state gets ‘C’ grade on federal Infrastructure Report Card

Seattle Times, April 1, 2021

Washington state’s infrastructure received a C grade, according to the Infrastructure Report Card released Monday. Washington’s neighboring states of Oregon and Idaho received a C- grade, along with California on the west coast. Go to article

Here’s where Biden’s massive transportation plan might impact the Seattle region

Seattle Times, April 1, 2021

What we don’t know yet are which specific projects would be funded, a question that may take months to answer, if the plan passes at all…But at least in the transportation realm, Puget Sound leaders know where nearby projects could attract federal money. Go to article

Comment: Robust transportation funding can aid economy, jobs

Everett Herald, April 4, 2021

Funding that addresses the needs of Snohomish County and the state is needed to aid recovery. Go to article

Opinion: Our regional mobility problems are impossible ignore

Puget Sound Business Journal, April 1, 2021

The pandemic has delayed much-needed projects on our critical transportation corridors. As the impacts of the pandemic wane and people can safely move about in more of a prepandemic way, our regional mobility problems will be impossible to ignore. Go to article

Comment: Transportation plan puts a focus on equity for all

Everett Herald, March 21, 2021

The House Democrats’ plan will help direct contracts to women- and minority-owned companies. Go to article

Amazon to legislators: Keep Washington moving

Seattle Times, March 21, 2021

Spring is a time for hope and renewal, and there is cause for optimism as businesses across the Puget Sound region reopen. All of us are ready to get moving again. A new state investment in transportation will help accelerate the region’s economic recovery, by providing near-term construction jobs and long-term economic benefits that come from improved infrastructure. Go to article

Strike deal for infrastructure, environment and jobs

Seattle Times, March 12, 2021

Difficult times such as these can present extraordinary opportunities. With vision and creativity, Washington lawmakers can tackle the state’s daunting transportation infrastructure and make headway on reducing carbon emissions. And they could help drive the state’s economic recovery. Go to article

The road to recovery: A healthy, equitable economy starts with investments in transportation

Seattle Times, February 12, 2021

As our state Legislature moves forward in resolving difficult spending choices, it is essential that lawmakers prioritize investments that will get people back to work and support economic growth into the future. Go to article

In Our View: Proposed 18-cent gas tax hike worth considering

The Columbian, January 25, 2021

A proposal to fund transportation projects throughout the state comes with a lightning bolt’s worth of sticker shock. But before reflexively opposing the idea, Clark County residents should consider the alternatives. Go to article

Beefing up state transportation plan will help boost economy

Union-Bulletin, January 15, 2021

The state Legislature will have more on its plate than COVID-19 in the next 100 days or so. Lawmakers are going to have to approve a two-year budget, which is essentially a spending plan. In doing so, the state’s transportation infrastructure must be a top priority. Go to article