Hello friends and neighbors,
This week I had the chance to meet up with Senate Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Marko Liias and one of our incredible 30th District Representatives, Rep. Jamila Taylor, to tour some of the ongoing transportation projects in our 30th Legislative District. Thanks to Move Ahead Washington, the recently passed 16 year, nearly $17 billion transportation package, projects across the state and in our neighborhoods will receive crucial funding!
There’s a lot to be excited about in Move Ahead, but a huge investment I am thrilled about is the new policy to allow folks 18 and under to ride free on all public transportation. That means kids ride free on all buses, ferries, and trains statewide. This policy will cut costs for many families by ensuring their kids have free, safe and reliable public transit to and from school.
Local transportation investments
On top of statewide funding which will invest in our public transportation system, preservation and maintenance of existing highways, and greenhouse gas reduction, Move Ahead Washington will uplift some local projects in the 30th District. Here are just a few of the exciting investments in our community:
- $507M for transit access distribution of King County Metro
- $433M for the new freeway (SR 167/SR 509 Puget Sound Gateway) from Tacoma to Puyallup
- $380M for I-405/SR167 Lynwood to Tukwila corridor improvements
- $20M for Link Light Rail access (S 356th Street)
- $15M to improve the SR 18 eastbound off ramp.
- $1.8M to finish the City of Pacific Interurban Trail expansion.
- $700,000 for Mujer al Volante/Women Driving, a driver’s education program for immigrant/refugees and those with limited English proficiency.
- $515,000 for the Stewart St. Bridge in Pacific.
- $405,000 for construction of a trailhead and parking area for users to access the Milton Interurban Trail.
- $300,000 for improvements on S. 314th Street in Federal Way.
Sen. Liias, Rep. Taylor and I had a great afternoon touring just a few of these locations like the Interurban Trailhead, projects on SR 167, and other ongoing projects!
From ensuring our neighbors have access to reliable public transportation, to expanding pedestrian trails and ensuring our highways are safe and efficient, transportation services are so important to our communities.
Stay in touch
You can always reach out to me with questions about legislation that was passed, ideas you have, or to share your ideas. I encourage you to reach out to my office at Claire.Wilson@leg.wa.gov or (360) 786-7658 And don’t forget to follow my official social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay in the loop!