OLYMPIA – The Senate on Tuesday passed SB 5974— Move Ahead Washington, which would allocate $17 billion over 16 years to prioritize the transportation sector of our state with robust, unprecedented investments with a clear mission to reduce our carbon footprint.

“We need to reimagine the power and possibility of our neighborhoods,” said Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle).  “We are going to invest in parks, access to schools, slowing down traffic, pedestrians, bikes and cafe outdoor seating, all in a way that is connected to equity, social justice and the quality of life for the people who live there.”

This bill will pay for many investments unique to the 36th Legislative District which include:

  • $507.5 million for transit access distribution of King County Metro
  • $50 million for North Aurora safety improvements
  • $25 million for the Ballard-Interbay Regional Transportation system corridor
  • $5 million for Monorail station improvements

Move Ahead Washington will invest in the long-delayed maintenance on existing transportation infrastructure and improve transportation options. The investments in King County Metro will provide for more access to transit and make transit free for kids on all buses, trains, and ferries. North Aurora will be reimagined through an intense focus on five to ten blocks to re-envision the community and neighborhood possibilities. The Ballard-Interbay investment will improve the quality of the Ballard bridge and ensure bicyclist and pedestrian can safety enter and exit the on both sides. With funding from the Climate Commitment Act, it also prioritizes investments in carbon emission reduction by expanding the availability of zero emissions technology and infrastructure across all modes of transportation. This package will bring forward a brighter future for our environment and communities by providing safe, sustainable, and equitable transit options.