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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement from Futurewise and Transportation Choices Coalition

Futurewise and Transportation Choices thank recently departed Washington State Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson for her leadership and service.
Feb 08, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Shefali Ranganathan, Transportation Choices Executive Director, 206-329-2336

 

Statement from Futurewise and Transportation Choices Coalition

Futurewise and Transportation Choices thank recently departed Washington State Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson for her leadership and service. We are disappointed because she leaves at such a critical time when her continued leadership and vision is needed most.  Peterson’s leadership, courage and unrivaled commitment to implementing transportation solutions for all people, especially solutions that improve the health and safety of our communities, will certainly be missed.

The progress the Washington State Department of Transportation has made under Secretary Peterson’s leadership is unprecedented.  Her successes are many, including reducing project costs by 20-60 percent by introducing a new project delivery methodology, adding two new ferries to the fleet, doubling the amount of contracting going to small minority businesses, introducing Quality Assurance to all decision-making in the agency and improving partnerships with cities and counties by working to implement their economic development plans.

As Secretary of WSDOT, Peterson focused on delivering a transportation system that meets the growing needs of Washington.  From helping craft one of the largest transportation investments in Washington State history, increasing investments in failing roads, bridges and transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, Secretary Peterson has stood up for a vision for transportation in Washington State that will forever leave our communities safer, healthier, economically stronger, and environmentally cleaner.  We applaud Secretary Peterson’s great work to help move this state forward, and our organizations will continue to aggressively pursue the vision that she has helped initiate.

“As our Transportation Secretary, Lynn Peterson has been a stalwart for creating a safe and sound transportation system that serves all users – from freight and cars to transit, bicycle and pedestrian users,” stated Hilary Franz, Executive Director of Futurewise.   “Lynn’s dedication to making progress, especially in the face of significant challenges, has been exceptional.  We are grateful for her leadership that has positively influenced the course of our transportation system in Washington State.”

“Washington works when everyone has real transportation options to get to work, school or wherever they need to go.  We thank Lynn for her vision and leadership that has helped to implement a transportation system that works for today and the future,” stated Shefali Ranganathan, Executive Director of Transportation Choices Coalition.

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