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Impacts of I-976

I-976 threatens projects across the state, including projects that have been approved by local voters.

Impacts on State Projects

“Connecting Washington”

The Legislature developed and passed Connecting Washington in 2015 with bipartisan support. The package makes critical investments in our transportation system, and funds large projects across the state. I-976 puts critical projects in danger of never being completed. It also weakens our whole economy by keeping us from moving people and goods efficiently around the state. Projects in the Connecting Washington package that have not started construction or still have significant construction work remaining include:

  • Completion of widening over I-90/Snoqualmie Pass
  • North/South freeway/US 395 project in Spokane
  • SR 520 West End
  • I-405 widening
  • SR 167/SR 509 Puget Sound Gateway

Ferries, Rail & Freight Mobility

Roads are not the only projects in danger: Our farmers and manufacturers depend on good rail and freight mobility, and commuters, residents and visitors all depend on a safe and robust ferry system.

  • $1.3 billion in ferry vessel improvements between now and 2031
  • Amtrak service connecting Western Washington with British Columbia and Oregon
  • Freight mobility projects like new bridges, railroad sidings, better port roads, and heavy rail corridor improvements support agriculture and manufacturing

Safety

  • Washington State Patrol ($15 million a year at risk)
  • Highway safety projects including retrofitting bridges and overpasses

Fiscal Analysis

The state did an analysis of I-976 when it was being considered by the Legislature in the 2019 session. Here are some supporting documents, detailing the projected project impact.

Summary Sheet (Feb. 2019)

Detailed Fiscal Note (Office of Financial Management, Feb. 2019)

Impacts on Sound Transit

$7 billion in funding is at risk for multi-county light rail expansion, bus rapid transit and commuter rail that will create new connections in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Voters approved the third Sound Transit package in 2016.

Impacts on Cities

The map below, created by the Municipal Research Services Center, shows cities in Washington State that rely on vehicle fees to fund local transportation projects. These cities would be negatively affected by implementation of I-976. The table to the right of the map contains a list of the cities shown on the map. The list was created by the Department of Licensing.

City with TBD Fee Effective date Code
Anacortes #1 $20 April 1, 2015 29-01
Bainbridge Island
206.780.8624
$20 August 1, 2013 18-04
Battle Ground
360.342.5000
$20 July 1, 2015 06-01
Black Diamond (blackdiamond.wa.us)
360.866.5713
$20 April 1, 2016 17-05
Bremerton
360.473.5920
$20 July 1, 2012 18-01
Bridgeport
509.686.4041 ext. 12
$20 August 1, 2017 09-01
Buckley (cityofbuckley.com)
360.761.7801
$20 February 1, 2014 27-02
Burien #1
206.241.4647
$20 February 1, 2011 17-34
Carbonado
360.829.0125
$20 November 1, 2013 27-03
Covington (covingtonwa.gov)
253.480.2400
$20 June 1, 2016 17-12
Des Moines
206.870.7586
$40 September 1, 2009 17-09
DuPont
253.964.8121
$20 September 1, 2013 27-04
Edgewood
253.952.3299
$20 July 1, 2014 27-20
East Wenatchee
509.884.9515
$20 August 1, 2013 09-02
Eatonville
360.832.3361
$20 March 1, 2013 27-05
Electric City
509.633.1510
$20 May 1, 2013 13-02
Elmer City
509.633.2872
$20 August 1, 2016 24-04
Edmonds
425.771.0260
$20 September 1, 2009 31-04
Enumclaw
360.825.3593
$20 September 1, 2014 17-11
Everett
425.257.7767
$20 March 1, 2015 31-05 and 42-05
Fife
253.922.2489
$20 January 1, 2017 27-06
George (cityofgeorge.org)
509.785.5081
$20 July 1, 2018 13-04
Grandview
509.882.9200
$20 February 1, 2012 39-01
Granite Falls $20 January 1, 2016 31-07
Kalama
360.673.4561
$40 October 1, 2013 08-02
Kelso
360.423.0900
$20 July 1, 2013 08-03
Kenmore
425.398.8900
$20 June 1, 2013 17-38
Kittitas
509.968.0220
$20 December 1, 2012 19-03
Lake Forest Park
206.368.5440
$40 September 1, 2009 17-17
Lakewood $20 April 1, 2015 27-21
Longview (mylongview.com)
360.442.5200
$20 August 1, 2017 08-04
Lynnwood (lynnwoodwa.gov)
425.670.5020
$40 July 1, 2011 31-10
Mabton
509.894.4096
$20 December 1, 2011 39-04
Maple Valley
425.413.8800
$20 July 1, 2013 17-20
Mercer Island
206.275.7789
Email: mitbd@mercergov.org
$20 June 1, 2015 17-19
Moses Lake (cityofml.com)
509.764.3701
$20 October 1, 2017 13-09
Mountlake Terrace
425.744.6272
$20 August 1, 2012 31-13
Normandy Park
425.744.6272
$20 March 1, 2016 17-21
Olympia
360.570.3727
$40 October 1, 2009 34-03
Orting
360.892.2219, ext. 133
$20 February 1, 2013 27-10
Port Orchard
360.874.5535
$20 February 1, 2017 18-02
Prosser
509.786.2332
$20 November 1, 2009 03-03
Richland (www.ci.richland.wa.us)
509.942.7500
$20 January 1, 2018 03-04
Roy
253.843.1113
$20 January 1, 2015 27-12
Royal City
509.346.2263
$20 November 1, 2012 13-11
Seattle
206.684.7623
$80 June 1, 2015 17-26
Sedro-Woolley #1
360.855.1661
$20 July 1, 2015 29-08
Shoreline
206.801.2302
$40 February 1, 2010 17-37
Snoqualmie
425.888.1555, ext. 1135
$20 March 1, 2011 17-28
Soap Lake
509.246.1211
$20 November 1, 2013 13-12
Spokane
509.625.6252
$20 September 1, 2011 32-10
Tacoma
253.591.5681
$20 June 1, 2013 27-17
Toppenish
509.865.4500
$20 December 1, 2012 39-10
University Place
253.460.5447
$20 July 1, 2014 27-19
Vancouver (cityofvancouver.us)
360.487.8488
$40 July 1, 2016 06-05
Wapato
509.877.2334
$20 April 1, 2013 39-12
Wenatchee
509.888.3600
$20 August 1, 2012 04-05
Wilkeson
360.829.0790
$20 January 1, 2015 27-18
Yakima
509.575.6111
$20 July 1, 2018 39-13
Zillah
509.829.5151
$20 July 1, 2012 39-14