Issue Position: Building a Safe & Efficient Transportation System
Governor Gregoire recognizes the importance of the transportation system to the life of our state. Washington voters overwhelmingly supported a gas-tax increase that provides $8.5 billion for a 16-year transportation package signed into law by Governor Gregoire. A strong and reliable transportation system efficiently moves goods to markets and people to work, school, even the grocery store. She recognizes the hardship high gas prices present for working families and she is committed to ensuring that every tax dollar is used wisely, that these projects are completed in the timely manner taxpayers expect.
Putting Safety First
Governor Gregoire is committed to the safety of all those who use our transportation system, whether it is a parent taking their children to school, or a truck driver crossing Snoqualmie Pass with crops bound for Asian markets. Many of Washington's road and bridge repair projects address safety concerns, including installing cable barriers along our freeways and performing seismic retrofits on bridges.
Maintaining our Existing Infrastructure
The need for repairs to existing transportation systems is constant and vital. Governor Gregoire believes that repairs are important and has helped to prioritize those repair projects and ensure they received the necessary funding.
Growing our Network
As the population in Washington grows, so must its network of roads and ferries. Additions will allow for smoother movement of both people and freight, making certain that businesses have the opportunity to grow and reducing frustration for citizens. Governor Gregoire supports projects that decrease congestion by adding high occupancy vehicle lanes and building or expanding freeway interchanges.
Breaking the Stalemate between Roads and Transit
Governor Gregoire believes we must plan together for both roads and transit. That's why she brokered a legislative solution in that has resulted in road and transit supporters working together to develop a package that funds some of the region's most critical transportation needs.
Moving Washington Forward
In 2005, the Legislature moved the Department of Transportation under the direct control of the Governor, who now appoints the Secretary of Transportation. Governor Gregoire is working hard to clarify and shift responsibilities in the department.