Thursday, December 17, 2009

Advocacy Day!

Transportation Choices has staff full time in Olympia during legislative session. In 2010 we are supporting policies and funding that help foster the economic recovery, reduce congestion and combat climate change.

Complete Streets are crucial components for creating healthy, walkable, and bike-friendly communities in Washington State. Complete streets allow for cars, transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians to share the road safely and create stronger, more livable communities. We want to create the framework for a grant program to develop incentives and reward cities with complete streets projects statewide. The idea of transit-oriented communities is closely tied to building complete streets. Creating compact, walkable transit oriented communities is crucial to meeting the State’s greenhouse gas emissions goals, supporting transit, and encouraging economic development. However, in order to realize the full potential of both transit-oriented development and complete streets, state funding for transit agencies is needed to prevent cuts to their service. These cuts would hinder our region’s economic recovery, clog our roads, prevent us from reducing greenhouse gas emissions and leave transit riders stranded.

Other issues Transportation Choices is advocating this legislative season include introducing pay-as-you-drive insurance and the replacement of the SR 520 floating bridge and the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Opening the doors to creating a pay-as-you-drive insurance program in Washington is a crucial component to reducing emissions in the transportation sector. Transportation Choices Coalition supports measures to promote Washington as a market for an insurance system that allows consumers to opt into a pay-per-mile model. The legislature is also moving forward on replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and SR 520 floating bridge. Transit options to move people is crucial for any solution in both of these corridors, before during and after construction.

Please join us for Advocacy Day. We need your help to inform legislators about these critical issues. You’ll have the chance to learn more about transportation issues, meet with legislators, attend hearings, and be a professional lobbyist for a day!

Sign up here.

WHEN: January 28, 2010
WHERE: United Churches
110 11th Ave SE, Olympia

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