Eight hundred people attended yesterday’s public meeting on a proposed coal port facility in northwest Washington. Many people are up in arms about the proposal because of increasing coal train shipments through Spokane and North Idaho. Others say the facility would promote new jobs in our state. The Spokesman-Review has more on the meeting.

SRTC had representatives there to learn more about the proposal as it could potentially impact transportation in our area, such as by causing additional waits at railroad crossings or through air pollution.
In the meantime, a lot of people are trying to pin down Washington Governor-Elect Jay Inslee on his position on the proposed coal facility, but so far he’s not talking. Analysts are looking to things he said in interviews and debates during the election season to try to predict which way he is leaning. Transportation Issues Daily looks at some of those quotes.

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