Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - March 11, 2022
Washington state Agrees on $17 Billion For Transportation
The Washington state legislature has approved $17 billion for transportation projects that will reduce emissions and lower dependence on fossil fuels.
“Sixty days ago, I asked for big action and 60 days later legislators delivered,” said Gov. Jay Inslee in a statement. “While some work remains for next session, legislators acted on some of the most urgent issues facing Washingtonians.”
The climate-friendly transportation revenue package is called Move Ahead Washington and includes investments in hybrid-electric ferries, zero emission buses, EV infrastructure and projects to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, according to Inslee’s Medium blog post.
Legislators also included Inslee’s request for additional solar funding and will budget more than $170 million over the next several years.
The transportation projects also include funding for four new ferries, maintenance and preservation projects and light rail expansion between the Tacoma Dome and Fife, according to an article in The Olympian.
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