July 13, 2024

Washington Department of Transportation (WA DOT)

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‘Converting to EVs not Sufficient’ to Reach Climate Goals
Federal and state policy paradigms are moving from a focus on promoting travel in single passenger vehicles to a broader understanding of different modes of mobility.
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Suit Alleges Job Retaliation over Wash. Cap-and-invest Projections
A former Washington DOT economist is suing the state over allegations he was forced out of his job because his superiors did not like his forecasts showing that gas prices would jump under cap-and-invest.
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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.

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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
Washington 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.

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