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.

2021 Bill Tracker

Here are the bills we tracked during the 2021 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 1/25/21

Status

TCC Position

Bill Number

Bill Title (Click to expand and collapse)

Active

Support

Providing expanded options for fare enforcement by regional transit authorities.

This bill would allow transit agencies to establish their own methods of fare engagement and enforcement, rather than being forced to issue civil infractions for evasion. This would allow Sound Transit to create a new fare enforcement program that is completely divorced from the courts.

Active

Support

Transportation budget 2021-2023.

Makes transportation appropriations for the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium.

Active

Support

Implementing the recommendations of the environmental justice task force.

This bill would require all agencies to address environmental health disparities through implementing recommended policies, increasing engagement, and using the Washington health disparities map to identify overburdened communities. 

Active

Support

Concerning the suspension of licenses for traffic infractions.

This bill would stop the suspension of driver’s licenses for unpaid fines and fees for civil moving violations. It also ensures that drivers keep their insurance, can get to work, and provide transportation for their families. Reforming these laws will increase fairness and cost-effectiveness without sacrificing public safety.

Active

Oppose

Limiting state and local taxes, fees, and other charges relating to vehicles.

This bill would limit motor vehicle license fees to $30, essentially legislating Initiative 976.

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