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The final Move Ahead Washington Package

On the last day of the 2022 state legislative session — the legislature passed the Move Ahead Washington transportation package.


Besides a change in revenue sources for funding new highway capacity and maintenance projects, the passed package closely resembles what Sen. Marko Liias, Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, and Rep. Jake Fey proposed on February 9.


To see the Snohomish County project list, scroll to below the map.


Transit

In the 16-year package, there is more than $3 billion for transit. Of this amount, just $244 million is earmarked for specific transit projects, with more than a fifth of the earmarks for projects in Snohomish County ($50 million). The bulk of the transit funding will be allocated by formula and competitive grants to agencies and organizations.

Transit Support Grants

$ 1,450,000,000

Tribal Transit Mobility Grants

80,000,000

Transit Coordination Grants

5,000,000

Special Needs Transit Grants

600,000,000

Bus & Bus Facility Grant Program

300,000,000

Green Transit Grants

300,000,000

Transportation Demand Management

(including Commute Trip Reduction)

25,000,000

The transit support grants will be allocated to public transit agencies based on a formula. To be eligible, transit agencies must implement a free fare for people 18 and younger.


All amounts are in addition to existing funding from prior transportation packages and budgets.


Active Transportation

There is nearly $1.3 billion for active transportation. Of this amount, just $313 million is earmarked for specific projects, with $41.4 million for projects in Snohomish County. Here is how the remaining active transportation funding is allocated.

Safe Routes to School

$ 290,000,000

School Based Bike Program

216,000,000

Bike/Ped Grant Program

278,000,000

Complete Streets

(Transportation Improvement Board)

146,000,000

Connecting Communities Grants

50,000,000

The "School Based Bike Program" will provide bicycle riding education to students across the state. The Connecting Communities Grants will fund efforts to address reconnecting communities bisected by highways and freeways, especially in places with higher proportions of historically marginalized populations.


Ferries, Rail, Electrification, and Fish Barrier Removal

  • Ferries: $1.57 billion for building four new ferry boats, retrofitting existing boats and terminals to be electric, supporting ferry preservation and operations, and implementing the 18 & under free fare policy on the ferry system.

  • Rail: $314 million for studying ultra-high speed passenger rail, implementing the 18 & under free fare policy on Amtrac Cascades, and specific rail projects.

  • Electrification: $517 million for projects and grants programs to reduce carbon emissions by building electrification infrastructure to support electric passenger and freight vehicles.

  • Fish Barrier Removal: $2.425 billion for removing fish barriers.

  • Stormwater: $500 million for stormwater management projects.

Roadway Projects

  • $2.76 billion for new earmarked highway capacity projects.

  • $1.43 billion for completing highway projects underfunded by previous transportation packages.

  • $2.5 billion for maintenance, preservation, and traffic operations of roadways.

Local Control

  • Traffic cameras: The legislation authorizes the expanded use of traffic cameras to enforce speed limits, allowing up to one camera for every 10,000 residents in areas near public parks and hospitals in addition to schools.

  • Transportation Benefit Districts: The legislation increases the allowed councilmanic-approval (i.e., without voter approval) for vehicle (car tab) fees up to $50 and for sales taxes up to 0.1¢/$1.

Earmarked Projects for Snohomish County

New Highway Projects

16 Year Total​

Everett to Lake Stevens

US 2 Trestle Capacity Improvements & Westbound Trestle Replacement

$ 210,541,000

Maltby to Monroe

SR 522 Widening

10,000,000

Marysville

156th Street Railroad Overcrossing

500,000

Everett

Paine Field Access (100th St. SW)

8,400,000

Lynnwood

Poplar Way Bridge

10,000,000

Everett

SR 99 BAT Lanes: 148th St SW to Airport Rd

25,000,000

Bothell

Bothell Way/Bothell Everett Hwy Widening

7,000,000

Marysville

Grove Street Overcrossing

5,000,000

Completing Existing Projects

Bellevue to Canyon Park to Lynnwood

I-405/SR 167 Corridor Improvements

380,000,000

Everett

I-5/NB Marine View Dr to SR 529

30,579,000

Preservation

Mukilteo

SR525 Bridge Replacement

46,000,000

Active Transportation

Lake Stevens

16th Street NE Centennial Trail Connector - Phase I

2,500,000

Lake Stevens

South Lake Stevens Road Multi-Use Path - Phase 2

3,000,000

Everett

North Broadway Pedestrian Bridge

12,900,000

Edmonds & Lynnwood

SR 99 Revitalization Project

22,500,000

Marysville

Cascade Elementary Safe Routes to School

474,000

Transit

Community Transit

Swift Bus Rapid Transit - Green Line Extension

10,000,000

Community Transit

Swift Bus Rapid Transit - Silver Line

10,000,000

Community Transit

Swift Bus Rapid Transit - Gold Line

10,000,000

WSDOT (Ash Way P&R)

I-5/164th St SW Lynnwood Link Improvements

20,000,000

Other Relevant Projects

Island Transit

Zero-Emission Fleet Transition

7,000,000

Island Transit

Terry's Corner Staff Support Facility

310,000

Skagit Transit

Maintenance Operations and Administration Facility

5,000,000

One project that had been amended into the House bill but that was ultimately dropped in the final legislation was $529,000 to purchase transit vehicles to improve mobility for the residents of Darrington and the Stillaguamish Valley. With the package's increased funding for special needs and tribal transit, there is hope this funding can still be secured.


Other changes included a reduction of $10 million for the Poplar Way Bridge in Lynnwood, increase of and an increase of $79,000 for the I-5 NB Marine View Dr to SR529 project.


Most projects will not receive funding immediately. Of the highway projects, the following will receive some initial funding in the 2021-2023 biennium, allowing for initial design and engineering work to commence:

  • US 2 Trestle: $3 million

  • SR 522 Widening: $1 million

  • I-405/SR167 Corridor: $268.4 million

  • I-5/NB Marine View Dr to SR529: $10.8 million

  • Poplar Way Bridge: $10 million

  • Bothell Way/Bothell Everett Hwy Widening: $7 million

  • Grove Street Overcrossing: $5 million

For additional details about the package, see:

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