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.

Now more than ever, the Legislature needs to invest in areas that will create and support jobs and support economic activity in the state. Washington is facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19 and the resulting economic impacts. Nearly all areas of government services are being strained, including our transportation systems.

Our state faced transportation funding gaps prior to the pandemic and those challenges have only been exacerbated, with disproportionate impacts on low-income communities and communities of color.

Highways, bridges and transit systems are crucial elements for the economic recovery Washington state families need.

Our Focus in 2021

This month, more than 100 organizations representing business, labor, environmental and transit advocates and local governments sent a letter to the Legislature urging action on transportation in 2021.

Read the March 29 letter and see the list of signers.

There are various approaches to a transportation package being considered. We look forward to working toward a broad-based solution that:

  • Prioritizes maintenance and repair of our current roads and highways
  • Finishes what we started with the 2015 Connecting Washington plan
  • Builds critical safety, freight and mobility projects
  • Fixes culverts and removing fish passage barriers to restore the environment and comply with the federal court order
  • Invests in a transportation system with local solutions for workers, including transit, bike and pedestrian options
  • Considers new revenue streams

Passing a comprehensive transportation funding package this year will support the full reopening of our economy as well as spur economic activity 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 2021 Funding Package

The cities and organizations below have signed on to a March 29 letter of support for a state transportation project. Action in 2021 is crucial to supporting local jobs and an equitable economic recovery.

AGC of Washington

Alaska Airline

Amalgamated Transit Union Legislative Council

Amazon

American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington

Architects & Engineers Legislative Council

Association of Washington Business

Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

Bellevue Downtown Association

Boilermakers Local 104

CDM Smith Inc

City of Auburn

City of Bellevue

City of Black Diamond, MAYOR

City of Blaine

City of Bothell

City of Carnation

City of Clyde Hill

City of Covington

City of Duvall, Amy Ockerlander, Mayor

City of Federal Way

City of Issaquah

City of Kenmore

City of Kent

City of Kirkland

City of Lakewood

City of Maple Valley

City of Mountlake Terrace

City of Newcastle

City of North Bend

City of Redmond

City of Renton

City of SeaTac

City of Spokane

City of Tacoma

City of Tukwila

City of Woodinville

Clark County Transportation Alliance

Climate Solutions

Columbia River Economic Development Council

Cowlitz EDC

Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Grant County Economic Development Council

Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.

Greater Spokane Inc.

HDR

HNTB Corporation

Identity Clark County

ILWU Washington Area District Council

Inland Northwest AGC

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302

Jenny Durkan, Mayor of Seattle

Mackay Marine, Inc.

MER Equipment Inc.

Microsoft Corporation

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

NW Carpenters Union

OneRedmond

Pacific Power Group

PEMCO Insurance

Port of Allyn

Port of Columbia

Port of Seattle

Port of Tacoma

PRR

Puget Sound Chapter, NECA

Seaport Steel

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Sheet Metal Workers Local 66

Snohomish County Committee for Improved Transportation

SMART Transportation Division/United Transportation Union

Sound Cities Association

Southwest Washington Freight & Commerce Task Force (SW FACT)

Symetra Life Insurance Company

Tacoma Pierce County Chamber

The Northwest Seaport Alliance

Transportation Choices Coalition

Vigor

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Vulcan Inc.

WA Aggregates & Concrete Association

Washington Asphalt Pavement Association

Washington Conservation Voters

Washington Economic Development Association

Washington Environmental Council

Washington Public Ports Association

Washington Roundtable

Washington Society of Professional Engineers

Washington State Association of Counties

Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO

Washington State Transit Association

Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)

Wright Runstad & Company

WSP USA

Latest News

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