Plan to cut statewide fuel emissions 20 percent starts Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, 2023, Washington’s new Clean Fuel Standard will begin cutting greenhouse gas emissions from transportation — the state’s largest source of carbon pollution — the Washington State Department of Ecology says. Over the next 12 years, the new standard will reduce annual transportation emissions statewide by 20%, or about 4.3 million metric tons…

Washington’s 2023-2026 program of multimodal transportation projects ready for public review

A compilation of prioritized transportation improvements projects is now ready for public review and comment through Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Washington State Department of Transportation says. More than 1,400 statewide transportation improvement projects using $5.1 billion in federal funds are included in the 2023-2026 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP for short. The draft 2023-2026…

Lost treasures up for bid in state’s safe deposit box auction Nov. 10-17

Collectible coins, gold and silver jewelry, artwork, sports memorabilia, and more. The Department of Revenue, in conjunction with James G. Murphy Co., will auction the contents of hundreds of unclaimed safe deposit boxes during an online auction Nov. 10-17. More than 3,500 items are up for auction, including collectible coins, gold and silver jewelry, sports memorabilia,…

Local incumbents leading in early general election returns

Incumbents in local legislative districts were leading in early general election returns posted by the Snohomish County Elections Office Tuesday night. In the 1st Legislative District, which represents Brier, Position 1 State Rep. Davina Duerr, a Democrat, received 10,107 (67%) votes to 4,921 (33%) for Republican challenger John Peeples. For Position 2, incumbent Rep. Shelley…

Plan now for snow and ice season, WSDOT says

While many may be thinking about pumpkins and spiced ciders, now is the time for travelers to make sure they’re prepared for winter driving. The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles for winter weather. Drivers can check out WSDOT’s winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT…

State commission recommends Paine Field as one of two potential options for new aviation capacity

Adding capacity at Paine Field was one of two options recommended to the Washington State Legislature to meet the state’s growing demand for commercial passenger service, air cargo and general aviation capacity in Washington state. After months gathering public feedback and reviewing technical analyses, the Washington State’s Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission  submitted Phase II recommendations to…

Virtual meeting Oct. 18 and 19 focuses on future of transportation in state

The Washington State Transportation Commission’s upcoming virtual meeting will focus on the future of transportation technology, mobility and infrastructure in Washington state, including how the state is preparing for the operation of autonomous vehicles on public roads. The monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and Wednesday, Oct. 19. The meeting starts at…

Police safety video raises issues and ire among elected officials

It is just a video; a video that Snohomish County elected officials and police chiefs made, urging lawmakers to amend laws and make public safety safer for cops and all of us. Yet, this five-minute YouTube appeal for legislative changes sparked outrage from some lawmakers who feel it is a politically motivated attack on them and…

WSDOT: Railway workers strike could cancel Amtrak Cascades trains starting Friday, Sept. 16

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said Wednesday it is keeping a close eye on the ongoing freight rail labor contract negotiations and working with partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation and Amtrak about what a potential strike could means for the state’s Amtrak Cascades service. “The negotiations do not involve Amtrak or the…

Preventing litter is ‘Simple As That,’ says new campaign in Washington

More than 75% of Washington residents choose to not litter and about 26% of litterers would be motivated to stop if a friend, family member or passenger asked them to refrain, according to 2021 research commissioned by the Washington State Department of Ecology. These numbers sound promising, but the truth is that more than 18…

WSDOT unveils updated Statewide Human Services Transportation Plan

Four years in the making, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has published its updated Human Services Transportation Plan. The report is the handiwork of subject matter experts, transportation providers, social services organizations, tribes, the public and other stakeholders. Every day, people across the state rely on human-services transportation as their sole source of…

Lane reductions planned on I-5 in Seattle to replace expansion joints Sept. 9-12

People using southbound Interstate 5 south of I-90 should plan for weekend-long lane reductions beginning Friday night, Sept. 9. The work, from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, includes: The southbound collector/distributor ramp to I-5 and the West Seattle Bridge off-ramp will be closed. People entering the collector/distributor will need…

Washington State Department of Ecology proposes rules to phase out gas vehicles by 2035

The Washington Department of Ecology is proposing rules requiring all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in Washington to meet zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standards by 2035. The department is accepting public comments on the proposed regulations through Oct. 19. According to a department news release, Washington will be one of the first states to adopt…

Nominations open for employers who recruit, hire and promote workers with disabilities

To spotlight the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment is accepting nominations for the 30th annual Governor’s Employer Awards. The deadline for submitting nominations is Sept. 1, 2022. The Governor’s Employer Awards program honors and celebrates the many and varied contributions Washington’s employers make to…

Another round of state pandemic relief grants now available to small businesses, nonprofits

Applications for the Working Washington Grants: Round 5 and new Convention Center Grants programs opened Aug. 17. Together, these programs will distribute $75 million in pandemic relief grants to eligible small businesses and nonprofits across Washington. The Department of Commerce manages the grants with support from the Washington State Arts Commission. Applications must be submitted…

Check your lottery ticket: 16 prizes totaling $265K unclaimed

The Washington State Lottery is encouraging lottery players to check their tickets  for winning numbers, since 16 prizes totaling $265,000 are currently unclaimed These include a Match 4 ticket purchased in the Spokane Valley in February, worth $10,000,. Players hoping to claim that prize should check their ticket and collect their winnings at one of the regional offices…

Public invited to comment on proposed rule for state’s new Clean Fuel Standard

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on the proposed rule for the Clean Fuel Standard, a new state climate policy effective Jan. 1, 2023. According to an ecology department news release, the Clean Fuel Standard incentivizes fuel suppliers to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels 20% by 2038, eventually decreasing greenhouse…

Public invited to comment on rule for state’s new Clean Fuel Standard

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on the proposed rule for the Clean Fuel Standard, a new state climate policy effective Jan. 1, 2023. According to an ecology department news release, the Clean Fuel Standard incentivizes fuel suppliers to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels 20% by 2038, eventually decreasing greenhouse…

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launches in state

The number 988 is the new, nationwide, three-digit dialing code for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. The 988 dialing code connects people via call, text, or chat, to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) where compassionate, accessible care and support are available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress. The new 988 number is the…

WSDOT seeks input from public to pave future of electric vehicle infrastructure

The Washington State Department of Transportation is asking for your opinion on the proposed plan for electric vehicles in the state, including the location of future charging stations. WSDOT is developing a statewide electric vehicle infrastructure plan by Aug. 1, 2022, to unlock federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program funds. Once the Federal…

32nd District State Senate candidate hosting coffee gatherings in July

Dr. Patricia Weber, a candidate for State Senate in the 32nd Legislative District that  includes portions of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace, is hosting a series of “Coffee and Conversation” gatherings in upcoming weeks. Weber, a Democrat, will face off against incumbent Jesse Salomon — also a Democrat — in the Aug. 2 primary election….

‘Do Not Flush’ labeling for disposable wipes now required

July 1 is the date that the “Do Not Flush” symbol must be on packaging of disposable wipes products sold in Washington state, including baby wipes and cleaning wipes. According to the Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts (WASWD), the labeling is the result of a new law — passed in 2020 — that…

Public invited to comment on future of safety rest areas statewide

An online open house is now available for travelers, freight haulers, business owners and others to provide feedback on the future of safety rest areas across Washington state. Input will be used to make decisions about the program’s maintenance and operations and to update the Washington State Department of Transportation’s strategic plan for rest areas….

Traveling Independence Day weekend? Plan ahead to avoid delays

With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s travel charts are now available to help people plan ahead. The weekend prior to Monday, July 4 is expected to see increased travel on many key routes including Interstate-5, I-90 and ferry service throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. The…