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Moving Washington

Washington's economic vitality and renowned livability depend on reliable, responsible and sustainable transportation. 

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Moving Washington is our proven approach for creating an integrated, 21st century transportation system. The objectives are clear and measurable and rely on partnerships that invest for the long term.

Moving Washington is our framework for making transparent, cost-effective decisions that keep people and goods moving and support a healthy economy, environment and communities. 

Moving Washington reflects the state's transportation goals and objectives for planning, operating and investing. State law directs public investments in transportation to support economic vitality, preservation, safety, mobility, the environment and system stewardship. 

Investment principles

Moving Washington provides the principles for making responsible and sustainable decisions.

Maintain and keep safe – Our highest priority is maintaining and preserving the safe and long-lasting performance of existing infrastructure, facilities and services. This is the heart of Moving Washington and the target of our investments.

Integrate investments for cost-effective solutions –Moving Washington combines three essential transportation strategies to achieve and align our objectives and those of our partners:

  • Operate Efficiently – This approach gets the most out of existing highways by using traffic-management tools to optimize the flow of traffic and maximize available capacity. Strategies include utilizing traffic technologies such as ramp meters and other control strategies to improve traffic flow and reduce collisions, deploying Incident Response to quickly clear collisions, optimizing traffic signal timing to reduce delay, and implementing low-cost/high-value enhancements to address immediate needs.
  • Manage Demand – Whether shifting travel times, using public transportation or reducing the need to travel altogether, managing demand on overburdened routes allows our entire system to function better. Strategies include using variable-rate tolling in ways that reduce traffic during the most congested times and balance capacity between express and regular lanes, improving the viability of alternate modes, and providing traveler information to allow users to move efficiently through the system.
  • Add Capacity Strategically – Targeting our worst traffic hotspots or filling critical system gaps to best serve an entire corridor, community or region means fixing bottlenecks that constrain the flow. Upgrading a failing on-ramp merge or hard-shoulder running during peak periods can free up the flow of traffic through a busy corridor. From improving rail crossings and ferry service to working with transit agencies to connect communities, from building direct-access ramps for carpools and transit to including paths for pedestrians and bicyclists, capacity improvements require strong partnerships with a shared vision for the corridor.