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13

Jan

2017

Is your city eligible for Volkswagen settlement funds?

In the fall of 2016, Volkswagen agreed to a $14.7 billion deal arising from its diesel emissions cheating scandal that rocked the nation and world in 2015.

12

Dec

2016

What do legislators and staff see as big issues to tackle in the transportation world in 2017?

The Washington Highway Users Federation (WHUF) held their interim briefing on December 6 to update stakeholders on the 2015 Connecting Washington transportation package and what to expect on the transportation front in 2017.

31

Oct

2016

Legislative Bulletin – October 31, 2016

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

28

Oct

2016

Governor receives recommendations on FAST Act revenue allocation

As we first reported in June, the federal passage of Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or the “FAST Act” will bring nearly $3.6 billion in federal transportation dollars to Washington State by 2020.

22

Jul

2016

As FAST Act discussions conclude we await official recommendation to Governor

Congress enacted the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or the “FAST Act,” in December. Following that, the Governor’s office convened a group of state and local representatives to make recommendations on how the funds should be distributed.

16

Jun

2016

Transportation Improvement Board announces new Complete Streets Award program

The Complete Streets Award is flexible money given to any city or county in Washington state that has an adopted complete streets ordinance and shows an ethic of planning and building streets that use context sensitive solutions to accommodate all users, including pedestrians, transit users, cyclists, and motorists.

20

May

2016

Study on road-rail conflicts begins

The Joint Legislative Committee (JTC) has started an interim study on road-rail conflicts in cities.

20

May

2016

Governor to convene group to determine distribution of federal transportation funds in late June

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or the “FAST Act.”

28

Apr

2016

Supplemental transportation budget passes

Although the Legislature’s failure to adopt a supplemental operating budget forced them to go into a special session, they did pass a supplemental transportation budget during the regular session.

11

Mar

2016

Supplemental transportation budget passes

Although the Legislature’s failure to adopt a supplemental operating budget has forced them to go into a special session, they did pass a supplemental transportation budget during the regular session.

29

Jan

2016

Passage of FAST Act provides opportunity to revisit distribution of federal transportation funds

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or the “FAST Act.”

22

Jan

2016

Feedback needed on WSDOT small and diverse business contract goals for state funded projects

WSDOT has shared a draft proposal that sets mandatory goals for contracting with veteran, minority, women-owned, and small businesses.

2

Dec

2015

Top five advocacy achievements for cities in 2015

The 2015 legislative session was the longest in state history, yet cities saw signs of a renewed city-state partnership.

11

Sep

2015

Technical error in transportation package will delay some distributions to cities

One of the highlights of the 2015 legislative session was the passage of a new transportation package that includes many provisions helpful to cities, including new direct distributions of gas tax revenues and “multi-modal funds”.

31

Jul

2015

Legislature (finally) adopts a comprehensive transportation package

One of the bright spots of this legislative session was the Legislature’s bipartisan action on a statewide comprehensive transportation package.
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