TCC will push for a variety of transportation, equity, and climate-related priorities this year during Legislative Session. This is a long session (January 14 – April 28), and Democrats have gained seats in both the House and Senate.
This session, we will focus on growing and improving transit and multimodal options for all Washington communities, pushing bold transportation policies in the following areas:
Maintain and increase funding programs for public transit, walking, and biking
- Maintain funding commitments to multi-modal, bike, and pedestrian investments, maintenance and operations resources, voter-approved transit projects, and public transportation programs, e.g., Regional Mobility, Rural Mobility, Vanpool Investments, Special Needs, Capital Grants, Commute Trip Reduction, and Safe Routes to School.
- Increase funding for transit, walking and biking by looking for additional flexible funding sources, and ensuring any new transportation package increases the level of multimodal investments.
Create a cleaner and more equitable transportation system
- Support bills that reduce greenhouse gas and air pollution through a clean and equitable transportation system. By investing in a combination of multimodal infrastructure, demand management, and electrification of transit and fleets, we can maximize co-benefits such as congestion, health, mobility, stormwater, affordability, safety, and jobs.
- Support bills establishing a State commitment to Environmental Justice in Washington Department of Transportation and other agencies in order to create a better understanding of existing inequities in our transportation system and a path to restoring a better quality of life for those most impacted.
Improve efficiency of our roads and systems
- Bolster HOV enforcement through increased penalties in order to maximize efficiency of these lanes, ensuring reliable trips for carpools and transit.
- Expand traffic camera statutes to include automatic enforcement of bus lanes and crosswalks (“block the box”), protecting pedestrians from dangerous walking conditions and buses from illegal use of dedicated busways.
- Authorize tolls and improve toll policy. Tolled lanes and facilities help manage congestion, improved transit reliability, and raise revenue for facility improvements. We will look for opportunities to create consistency in policies and improve outreach and accessibility to the benefits of these project.
- Increase support for WSDOT Transportation Demand Management, operational investments, and I-5 corridor scenario planning efforts, which will identify new and proven strategies to reduce congestion, reduce travel times, improve air quality, and optimize our transportation system. Continue to consider creative solutions to address non-commute trips and reach populations that have historically been underserved by Commute Trip Reduction programs.
- Protect authority to regulate TNCs and autonomous vehicles using values such as equity, sustainability, health, and safety. Therefore we can ensure new technologies enhance mobility and complement transit, rather than increase vehicle miles traveled, encourage sprawl, and exacerbate income inequality.
- Legislative authority for transit agencies to enforce and manage parking at Park & Ride facilities will ensure that we use expensive parking infrastructure in the most efficient way possible.