Keep Washington Rolling

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 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.

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 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.

We urge Legislative leaders from both chambers to come together and work over the next few weeks toward agreement on new transportation investments in 2022. Quick action will support economic recovery, address critical safety and mobility needs and support local jobs. Specifically we ask for new investments that:

Address Critical Needs: There is a significant backlog of deferred maintenance projects in Washington state that threaten the reliability and safety of our transportation system. WSDOT estimates that the cost to preserve the state transportation system in a state of good repair is $8.1 billion over the next 10 years. Increasing funding for maintenance and preservation projects not only improves the system but also benefits local communities throughout the state. Included in this are critical projects that must be addressed. There is an ongoing need for important projects 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. We should prioritize 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. Ensuring the continuity and completion of our multimodal systems around the state is paramount for our most vulnerable populations and the post-pandemic workforce. State investments in fixed-route transit service to ensure a baseline level of transit for communities across Washington, bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and capital needs will be necessary to facilitate a strong economic recovery by creating jobs and assisting workers to return to their work sites and point us toward a sustainable, healthy environment.

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. Investing in transportation to deliver more multimodal options, convert our ferry and public fleets to zero emission, and incentivizing the reduction of carbon use is a major step to fighting that crisis.

Nationally, and in Washington state, the ongoing pandemic continues to impact our economy. New transportation investments will support continued economic recovery and support local jobs. Washington residents are depending on us.

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 these needed projects.

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

You can also your legislators TODAY (1-800-562-6000) and tell them to pass a comprehensive transportation 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

Latest News

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