Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia are teaming up to make the I-5 West Coast Green Highway a national model for sustainable transportation infrastructure. In one of the nation’s boldest steps toward a unified alternative-fuel corridor, the partners are working with the private sector and other agencies to lay the groundwork for a smooth and rapid shift to the widespread use of vehicles that run on electricity and other sustainable fuels.
This partnership will prepare the West Coast transportation infrastructure for more than 2 million new electric vehicles between the three states by 2020.
The U.S. Department of Transportation named I-5 a “Corridor of the Future.” It was one of six transportation corridors selected for a program aimed at developing innovative national and regional approaches to reduce congestion and improve the efficiency of freight delivery. Part of the application submitted by Washington, Oregon and California included the development of alternative fuels distribution along the corridor.
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, California State Resource Agency Secretary John Laird, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, and Washington Governor Gregoire endorse an action agenda to grow the West Coast clean economy.
To further this interstate initiative, the three states signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to work together to foster the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Washington and British Columbia signed a similar agreement to advance the alternative fuels corridor. The initiative supports the Pacific Coast Collaborative Action Plan on Innovation, the Environment, and the Economy. British Columbia Premier Campbell, California Governor Schwarzenegger, Oregon Governor Kulongoski, and Washington Governor Gregoire agreed to work together to establish a Pacific green highway.
To reduce our region’s greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on foreign oil, the four jurisdictions are working together on clean transportation initiatives. Three west coast state departments of transportation signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to work together to foster the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Washington and British Columbia signed a similar agreement to advance the alternative fuels corridor.
Transportation policy leaders in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska address the challenge of goods movement in the Pacific states through the West Coast Corridor Coalition (WCCC). (http://www.westcoastcorridors.org/index.html) The public, private and non-profit members of the WCCC closely collaborate on the planning and financing necessary to create a seamless clean, green and smart transportation corridor up and down the west coast. Their common goal is to continue to lead the nation in the development, testing and implementation of ways to reduce our dependence on oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and develop new industries and jobs.
At the GLOBE Conference on Business and the Environment, British Columbia Premier Christy joins leaders from California, Oregon and Washington to highlight the 2012 West Coast Action Plan on Jobs.