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Executive Order 14-04 – Summary of Clean Transportation Efforts

On April 29, 2014 Governor Jay Inslee signed Executive Order 14-04 (pdf 90 kb) , Washington Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action outlining a series of next steps to reduce carbon pollution in Washington State and improve energy independence through use of clean energy.

The Governor's Executive Order is in alignment with WSDOT's Strategic Plan, Results WSDOT and the agency's sustainable transportation effort. WSDOT has been advancing sustainable transportation for some time now through greenhouse gas reduction, alternative fuel usage, vehicle miles traveled reduction strategies, statewide transportation system efficiency strategies and development support for the electric vehicle highway.

WSDOT is the lead for the five areas under the Clean Transportation effort (pdf 271 kb) .

Update on WSDOT-Led Clean Transportation Activities - November 2015

Objective Status

Electric Vehicles

Develop an action plan, in collaboration with federal, state, regional and local partners, to advance electric vehicle use. The plan will include recommendations on targeted strategies and policies for financial and non-financial incentives for consumers and businesses, infrastructure funding mechanisms, signage, and building codes. Many of the proposed actions would require legislative sponsorship and approval to move forward. 

This is an extension of a years-long effort to continue to build out the electric vehicle charging network along state highways and at key destinations, as funding and partnerships allow.


Plan was published in December 2014; and
updated in February 2015.

Washington State Electric Vehicle Action Plan (pdf 2,680kb)

Multimodal Transportation Investment

Review, identify and implement opportunities to increase state investments and align with the multimodal transportation plan. This is a collaborative effort of WSDOT, Transportation Improvement Board (TIB), County Road Administration Board (CRAB), Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board (FMSIB), and Office of Financial Management (OFM). The agencies are supporting the effort through existing resources.


Report was published in January 2015.

WSDOT Executive Order 14-04:  WA Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action (pdf 492kb)

Transportation Efficiency

WSDOT and Commerce have long worked together to develop and offer guidance and other technical assistance for local governments updating comprehensive plans consistent with GMA requirements. Ecology has agreed to be part of the joint effort to ensure coordinated assistance from all three agencies; other agencies are consulted as appropriate, within existing resources (e.g., Health). In addition to current assistance that the agencies offer, WSDOT, Commerce and Ecology are working with a subcommittee of RTPOs, AWC and WSAC to determine resource needs to develop, implement, and deploy a new program of technical and financial assistance to help local governments maximize efficiency in movement of goods and people, and reduce costs and GHG emissions. The committee held three meetings in 2014, supported through existing resources.

Implementing Transportation Efficiency:  Local Government Needs (pdf 836kb)

Planning Policies and Guidance

Develop, adopt and implement new planning policies and guidance documents for conducting multimodal transportation planning. New planning studies shall prioritize both capital investments and operating strategies that increase transportation choices, foster innovative land use, and reduce transportation emissions. Noted in its work program for 2013-2015, this is part of WSDOT's ongoing responsibility to continually refine and enhance its transportation planning program and is supported through existing resources.

2015 Planning Guidance-Practical Solutions (pdf 2.63kb)

Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan

Implement multimodal, federally-compliant, long-range statewide transportation plan focusing on transportation strategies increasing efficiency and reducing costs and GHG. Explore alternative revenue sources, reforms and innovative tools to fund the transportation system. Use scenario analyses of how investments in the transportation system moves the state in the direction of a multimodal, coordinated, cost-effective, safe, and low-carbon transportation system. Utilize a multi-modal statewide model for analysis of economic benefits, VMT, health, GHG emissions, and a least-cost planning methodology to develop outcomes to be achieved at five, ten, and twenty years from the plan's adoption date. Develop a transportation model reflecting current local, state, and national trends showing a decrease in driving; evaluate how actions will contribute to achieving the state's enacted limits for GHG emission reductions.

Washington Transportation Plan 2035
Phase 1:  Completed;
Phase 2:  Underway. 

Here are descriptions of WSDOT's tasks:

If you have any questions regarding WSDOT's work to develop a clean transportation
system please contact:

Seth Stark
WSDOT Sustainable Transportation Manager