“On behalf of the members of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, I want to express our great pleasure with the outcome of today’s State Senate vote in favor of a statewide, comprehensive transportation funding package.
“The Senate has shown bipartisan leadership on this issue, which is vital to our state’s global competitiveness. People must be able to get to their jobs, and goods need to get to market. However, our state’s transportation system is not keeping up with its economic growth and population growth, as the Boston Consulting Group noted in their recent assessment of transportation investment.
“The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis found that Washington state has the 15th-highest GDP and the seventh-highest population growth among the 50 states. But Washington’s highway system is in the ninth-worst condition, and drivers in Seattle face worse delays than drivers in 41 other major U.S. cities. To remain competitive against our peers, we must do better.
“We appreciate that Senators Curtis King, Joe Fain, Steve Hobbs and Marko Liias have recognized this challenge, and thank them for their hard work they’ve done creating this legislation and moving it successfully through the Senate.
“The package that passed out of the Senate today includes much-needed investments for transportation projects throughout the state. In the Puget Sound region, it allows us to complete SR 520, secures the funding authority that Sound Transit needs to dramatically expand, and funds connections between I-5, SR 509 and SR 167 that are critical to our state’s two largest ports.”
“As these bills move into the State House of Representatives, the Chamber will continue to work with lawmakers to improve the legislation so that it can achieve support needed to become law. Our 2,200 members throughout the Puget Sound fully understand the importance of getting a package approved this year.”
About The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com.