2013 TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON REPORT

The importance of Washington state’s transportation system cannot be overstated, in terms of both the jobs it creates and the value to our economy by moving people, goods and services. Washington state’s transportation industry provides employment for more than 80,000 residents. The industry supports another 1 million-plus jobs in freight-dependent sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, construction and forestry, producing nearly $434 billion in gross business income (WSDOT, 2007-2026 Highway System Plan). Freight volumes in Washington state are also increasing due to globalization, competitive industry trends and new technologies. However, there is not enough revenue to support new infrastructure projects and the rising maintenance and operation costs of existing infrastructure threatens the freight mobility pipeline — and the overall health of our economy.