State first: A green transportation package

Dear friends: Move Ahead Washington is the most environmentally friendly package of transportation investments in state history and one of the most exciting achievements of the 2022 legislative session. It’s especially notable for two things. One, it dramatically boosts spending on for pedestrian infrastructure, transit, pollution control, fish passage and other critical statewide projects and maintenance. Two, these investments do not require a general or gas tax increase because nearly all the funds come from last year’s carbon fee in the Climate Commitment Act as well as federal funding. The total investment of $17 billion over 16 years includes:

  • $3 billion for transit programs and grants, including free transit and ferry fares for youth 18 and under.
  • $1.2 billion for active transportation, ...

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