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.

2020 Bill Tracker

Here are the bills we tracked during the 2020 legislative session, along with status and actions. To take action, click on the bill’s number to comment on the Washington Legislature website, or contact your legislator.

Status update as of January 21, 2020. We will update the bill tracker with priority bills soon.

Status

TCC Position

Bill Number

Bill Title (Click to expand and collapse)

Active

Support

Expanding transportation policy goals.

This bill would allot cities in Washington State to use automated enforcement (photographs) to help keep bus lanes clear for buses, crosswalks clear for people, and ensure traffic can flow through intersections when the light turns green. We strongly support this legislation because when drivers block intersections, and weave in and out of bus lanes, it makes the streets more dangerous for everyone and increases congestion and delay. Check out Rooted in Rights’ video Don’t Block the Box, which looks at the impacts of block intersections on people who use wheelchairs.

This bill was stalled in the Senate in 2019. Over the last year we have seen how buses moving out of the Seattle transit tunnel to surface streets has had negative impacts on transit use to downtown, so ensuring we can enforce bus lanes to keep people moving is more critical than ever. We’ll be working again with Rooted in Rights, as well as business partners to pass this bill that keeps buses moving and intersections safe.

Update 1/21/2020: The Transportation for All bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Active

Support

Establishing additional uses for automated traffic safety cameras for traffic congestion reduction and increased safety.

The Transportation for All bill is our top priority this legislative session. TCC is working with the Climate Alliance for Jobs and Clean energy to pass the Transportation for All bill and move Washington State closer to performance-based planning. Though WSDOT has some transportation goals already in code, the Climate Alliance is advocating to update these goals to include climate, health and resilience, equity and environmental justice. In addition, we’ll be pushing to add performance metrics and accountability measures to how we select which transportation projects receive funding in the future. We believe performance-based planning is the only way we can ensure our transportation investments are helping us build a healthier, more sustainable and more connected Washington State. 

Check out our Transportation for All one pagers here and here.

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