December 2, 2014, WSDOT News Release
Investing in Washington’s freight system is key to growing local and state economies, according to a newly released 2014Washington State Freight Mobility Plan.
Washington’s multimodal freight transportation system supported 44 percent of the state’s jobs and $123 billion in total imports and exports in 2012, according to the plan produced by the Washington State Department of Transportation. However, the state’s highways, bridges, short-line railroads and waterways continue to face challenges caused by delayed maintenance, increased congestion and global competition.
“The Freight Mobility Plan is a blueprint to help inform planning and funding decisions to maintain the state’s competitive edge,” said Barbara Ivanov, director of the freight systems division. “WSDOT will update the plan on a five year cycle, and the project list every two years.”
The plan features:
• A series of YouTube videos that put a face on workers’ and residents’ use of freight systems.
• An interactive infographic illustrating the facts and figures of the state’s freight system.
• An executive summary explaining the key findings and recommendations of the study.
• The full report, which makes the economic case for preserving and improving the state’s multimodal freight systems.
The plan was developed in partnership with industry representatives, the public and local, state, federal and tribal governments.