Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, was named a Transportation Champion today by the Association of Washington Cities.

One of several legislators who were honored today by the association, Liias was chosen for his efforts during the 2015 legislative session to develop and ensure passage of a historic, bipartisan revenue package to address critical transportation needs across the state. Among the projects made possible by the package is Sound Transit 3 (ST3), a major plan to extend light rail from Seattle to Everett.

“I’m so honored to be recognized by city leaders from around the state. But the real satisfaction comes from seeing the important work beginning to invest in transportation solutions here in our community and all over Washington,” Liias said. “My constituents sent me to Olympia to get things done. As a leader in transportation, it’s my responsibility to see that our system works for everyone in our state and also to make sure our community’s needs are met.”

“Sen. Liias has been a champion for our community since his days on the Mukilteo City Council,” said Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson. “This is a well-deserved honor that recognizes the strong partnership he’s forged between local communities and state leaders all over Washington.”

The Association of Washington Cities is a non-partisan, Olympia-based organization that advocates on behalf of the state’s 281 cities and towns.