Policy Programs

 

Good policy goes beyond bills, laws, and technical discussions. Our work is focused on helping cities, counties, and Washington State develop holistic transportation solutions that create connected communities and a healthy planet. We believe that engaging with the people most affected is at the center of strong and sustainable policy creation

We are working to improve reliable and affordable access to transportation that connects our communities to jobs, education, health care, and each other. When our transportation system works for everyone, we all thrive. Here’s a look at our policy work:

Access + Affordability

Growing economic inequality is widening the gaps in access to mobility. Research is clear that reliable transportation is a key determinant of whether communities can thrive and realize their full potential. Great transit service is an essential transportation option and ensuring access.

 

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New Technology + Innovation

Growth has accelerated demand for mobility and affordable housing options, a challenge that must be met if we want to remain prosperous, inclusive, and competitive. Technology presents an opportunity to create a more equitable system, with improved access for all — but only if we keep equity at the heart of policy development and focus on access, affordability, and sustainability.

 

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Health + Sustainability

The car-dominant paradigm of the past fifty years has left our communities less connected, increasing emissions that are harming the planet, and resulting in adverse health outcomes, particularly for communities of color and low-income communities. Great transit service can provide more opportunities for physical activity, reduce stressful commutes, and help strengthen social networks.

 

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Plans + Projects

Recently passed ballot measures – including ST2, ST3, and Move Seattle – provide an unprecedented opportunity to expand the Puget Sound region’s high capacity transit system. We have a crucial role to play helping transit agency partners be successful. We work to ensure that these policies and voter-approved transit expansions are effectively implemented to support access and foster equitable, healthy communities connected by great transit.

 

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Legislative Agenda

The Washington State Legislature meets every year starting on the second Monday of January to create and pass laws. The Legislature has two bodies of government: the House (98 members, elected for two-year terms) and the Senate (49 members, elected for four-year terms). Find out more about Washington State’s legislative process here.

2022 Bill Tracker

The 2022 legislative session starts on January 10, and as always we’ll be tracking a series of legislative priorities and billls. Once the session begins this page will house our updates and opportunities for action. In the mean time, explore our 2022 legislative priorities

Last updated January 26, 2022.

Bill

TCC Position

Status

Description

HB 1588

Oppose

Dead

“Restoring the authority of a peace officer to engage in a vehicular pursuit when there is reasonable suspicion a person has violated the law and the officer follows appropriate safety standards.” Read more »

HB 1786

Support

Will be the Senate bill

“Making supplemental transportation appropriations for the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium.” Read more »

HB 2026

Support

Dead

“Implementing a per mile charge on vehicles.” Read more »

SJR 8211

Oppose

Dead

“Amending the state Constitution so that state revenue collected from a road usage charge, vehicle miles traveled fee, or other similar type of comparable charge, must be used exclusively for highway purposes.” Read more »

SB 5354

Support

Dead

“Addressing traffic control in large cities.” Read more »

SB 5485

Support

Dead

“Prohibiting traffic stops for certain traffic violations.” Read more »

SB 5510

Support

In the Rules Committee

“Concerning renewal of the sales and use tax for transportation benefit districts.” Read more »

SB 5528

Support

In the Rules Committee

“Concerning the imposition of additive revenue sources within a regional transit authority area.” Read more »

SB 5687

Support

In the Rules Committee

“Addressing certain traffic safety improvements.” Read more »

SB 5689

Support

In conference

“Making supplemental transportation appropriations for the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium.” Read more »

SB 5707

Support

Will be incorporated into the transportation package

“Extending additional uses for automated traffic safety cameras for traffic congestion reduction and increased safety.” Read more »

HB 2118

Support

Will be in the Senate bill

“Concerning additive transportation funding and appropriations.” Read more »

HB 2119

Support

Will be in the Senate bill

“Addressing transportation resources.” Read more »

SB 5974

Support

Scheduled for House Floor

“Addressing transportation resources.” Read more »

SB 5975

Support

Scheduled for House Floor

“Concerning additive transportation funding and appropriations.” Read more »

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