Did you know most of Washington State’s transportation investments are currently decided without any clearly defined goals and metrics? This selection process can lead to unfair and inequitable outcomes, such as increased air pollution and induced demand that creates additional congestion. These negative impacts do not align with our state’s values of creating healthy and safe communities, and a fair and equitable distribution of transportation investments. Our top priority during the 2020 legislative session has been the Transportation for All bill (SB 6398, HB 2688), which would update the State’s transportation goals to include equity, safety, accessibility, and environmental justice. Transportation spending would then be evaluated based on these goals to help guide the decision-making process. Together, TCC and other Climate Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy partners, as well as state legislators such as Senator Saldaña and Representative Shewmake support the Transportation for All bill. To find out more about Transportation for All, check out our one pager below:

As we look at how to fund the transportation system to achieve our state’s transportation goals, we must also assess how we generate transportation revenue and its impact towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, improving multimodal transportation choices, and ensuring fair and equitable outcomes. Here are guidelines for evaluating new and existing transportation revenue sources and key considerations for emerging revenue generation ideas:

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