Joint Transportation Committee

Current Studies  
2014-15
Study of Business Models to Sustain Electric Vehicle Charging Station Networks  
ESSB 6001, Sec 204(6) appropriates $250,000 for a study to develop potential business models for financially-sustainable electric vehicle charging networks, and alternative roles for public and private sector participation in those models.  The committee will coordinate with WSDOT in conducting the study, which will include consultation with local governments, stakeholders in the electric vehicle industry, electric vehicle users and stakeholders representing manufacturers and operators of electric vehicle charging stations.   An interim report is required by December 31, 2014, with a final report due on March 1, 2015.
Budget:                        $250,000
JTC Staff:                     Mary Fleckenstein, with Beth Redfield as back-up
STC and HTC Staff:      Kim Johnson, Andy Russell and Jerry Long
Report due date:          December 31, 2014 (interim); March 1, 2015 (final)   

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Study of On-Line Drivers Education
ESSB 6001, Sec 204(8) directs the Joint Transportation Committee to coordinate a work group to develop parameters for and make recommendations regarding a pilot program for on-line drivers' education for students; and potential requirements for driver training for 18-24 year olds.    Work group participants will include representatives from the Department of Licensing, the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, other stakeholders, interested legislators, and legislative staff.   A report is due by December 1, 2014.
Budget:                         Within existing funds
JTC Staff:                      Beth Redfield, with Mary Fleckenstein as back-up
STC and HTC Staff:       Amanda Cecil, Andy Russell and Paul Ingiosi
Report due date:           December 1, 2014   

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Titling and Registration Process Study 
ESSB 6001, Sec 204(7) directs JTC to coordinate a work group to review existing titling and registration policies and processes that county auditors, subagents and agents must comply with when conducting title and registration transactions.  The goal is to provide recommendations to streamline processes, modernize policies, and identify potential information technology opportunities.   
The workgroup will include representatives from the Departments of Licensing, county auditors or agents and subagents. A report is due by December 1, 2014.
Budget:                         Within existing funds
JTC Staff:                      Gene Baxstrom, with Mary Fleckenstein as back-up
STC and HTC Staff:       Amanda Cecil, Jerry Long and Amy Skei
Report due date:           December 1, 2014

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Freight Tour
Following the June 17th JTC meeting in Spokane at the Association of Washington Cities Annual Conference, the JTC will host a freight-focused tour on board a motor coach on June 18th and 19th.   During the JTC meeting and tour, presentations are tentatively scheduled to address the federal role in grade separation issues, Spokane regional transportation priorities, private sector freight interests, the state's Palouse River and Coulee City (PCC) short-line freight rail system, and air-freight issues.

The draft tour agenda includes a 9:00 am start on the 18th in Spokane, and includes sites in Spokane Valley, the Spokane airport, and Rosalia and the McCoy Shuttle Elevator.  The tour will stop in Pullman for an overnight.   On Thursday, the tour may include a visit to Ritzville and stops at locations along the alignment of the PCC short-line freight rail system.  The tour will end mid-afternoon in Spokane.
Budget:                          Within existing funds
JTC Staff:                       Beth Redfield, with all JTC staff as back-up
Tour dates:                    June 18 and 19, 2014

Transportation Resource Manual Update
JTC staff will coordinate the update and publication of the 15th edition of the Transportation Resource Manual (TRM) - a comprehensive primer of Washington's transportation system, its governance and its funding.  This year staff will explore developing a data base for transportation tax and fee information, making this information more accessible to TRM users.
Budget:                         Within existing funds
Report due date:           January 15, 2015
JTC Staff:                      Beth Redfield, with all JTC staff as back-up