December 10, 2023

Washington Department of Transportation (WA DOT)

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Cap-and-trade Subject of Employment Claim Against Wash.
A recently retired state economist has filed a claim against Washington, alleging he was ordered not to include cap-and-trade costs in a revenue forecast, leading to him to leave his position with the agency
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First Wash. Ferry Being Converted to Electric-diesel Hybrid

Washington has begun the first overhaul of a diesel ferry into an electric-fuel hybrid, with the converted boat expected to be operating by September 2024.

Volvo Trucks
EV Charging Efforts Ramp up on West Coast
California, Oregon and Washington have jointly applied for federal grant money to build a public charging network for electric trucks across the three states.
Road to Mass EV Adoption Still Unclear in Wash.
Washington needs to do a large amount of legwork to prepare for Gov. Inslee’s mandate banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, state officials said.
Go Electric Oregon
West Coast NEVI Plans to Charge Up I-5 … and Beyond
EV drivers along the West Coast's I-5 should soon feel less range anxiety thanks to funds provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Seattle City Light
Wash. Bill Would Create Council to Coordinate EV Buildout
A Washington state bill would create an interagency council to manage the adoption of electric vehicles and the federal funds for related infrastructure.
Regional Plan Association
Pacific NW Leaders Sign High-speed Rail MOU
The leaders of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia signed an MOU to push for development of an ultra-high-speed train line designed to reduce GHGs.
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
Wash. Ferries Making Move to Hybrid Motors
Washington State Ferries expects to convert from solely diesel fuel engines in its vessels to hybrid fuel-battery propulsion.
Inslee Vetoes Part of Wash. EV Mapping Bill
Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a portion of a bill that would have tied Washington's EV adoption goals to a vehicle miles traveled fee.
Wash. Bill Would Chart Course for EV Buildout
A Washington bill would map out needed locations for charging stations as the state sees growing adoption of EVs.

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