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

Transportation Choices 2023 Legislative Agenda is all about increasing transportation equity and safety for all Washingtonians. Check out our legislative agenda here and read more about Washington’s legislative process below.

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.

2023 Bill Tracker
Last updated Jan. 16th, 2023. 

Bill

Position

Status

Description

SB 5383 / HB 1428

Support

Senate Transportation and House Transportation

Concerning pedestrians crossing and moving along roadways. LEARN MORE

HB 1125/SB 5162

Support

Senate Transportation heard on 1/17; House Transportation heard on 1/12

23-25 Biennial Transportation Budget LEARN MORE

SB 5002

Neutral

Senate Law & Justice Hearing 1/16

    Concerning alcohol concentration LEARN MORE

    SJR 8200

    Oppose

    No hearing scheduled

    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.

    HB 1110/SB 5190

    Support

    House Housing heard on 1/17; Senate Housing hearing on 1/25

        Increasing middle housing in areas traditionally dedicated to single-family detached housing LEARN MORE

        HB1181/SB5203

        Support

        House Local Government Exec Scheduled for 1/25

              Improving the state’s response to climate change by updating the state’s planning framework LEARN MORE

              SB 5466

              Support

              S Loc Gov, Land

                    Promoting transit-oriented development LEARN MORE

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