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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Bill Title (Click to expand and collapse)
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.
Transportation budget 2021-2023.
Makes transportation appropriations for the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium.
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.
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.
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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