Dear Seattle Metro Chamber members:
We did it! Today, the Washington State House of Representatives passed the final bills needed for the first statewide, comprehensive transportation funding legislation in a decade.
This is an investment in our collective future that will reap benefits for decades to come, and a tremendous step toward an integrated transportation system for our region. It will finish a network of roadways in Puget Sound that will serve us well for many years, better connect us to international markets, support our ferry system, strengthen our multimodal network and allow Sound Transit to advance a proposal to connect our region’s major urban areas through light rail.
This has been a top Chamber priority for several years, and we have helped shepherd a statewide coalition of business, labor, local government and environmental organizations to make it happen. We did it because a safe, efficient, multimodal transportation system is vital to keeping Washington a vibrant center of commerce and protecting our quality of life.
Please join me in thanking state leaders for their bipartisan leadership in getting this legislation passed—particularly Governor Jay Inslee, Senate Transportation Committee Chair Curtis King and House Transportation Committee Chair Judy Clibborn. They have embodied the old adage that transportation is not a partisan issue. When it comes to our public infrastructure, we’re all in it together.
Thanks also to you, our members, for all you’ve done over the past several years to help pass the package. Over this time, you’ve sent more than 2,000 emails to legislators, met with them directly to urge them to pass these bills, and have been steady supporters of this policy priority.
This is a great day for Seattle, the Puget Sound region and our state.
President & CEO
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
President & CEO