Joint Transportation Committee

Current Studies  
2018-19

Air Cargo Study (continuing from 2017)
ESSB 5096, Sec 204(3) directs the Joint Transportation Committee to conduct a study of air cargo movement at Washington airports, to evaluate current and projected capacity of the system and various airports throughout the state, to identify market forces contributing to cargo service movement throughout the state, and to evaluate what is needed to more effectively use existing capacity throughout the state. The study will develop recommendations on options to reduce air cargo congestion, to address the state’s interest in reducing air cargo congestion, and strategies to accomplish the recommendations.  The final report is due by December 14, 2018.

Budget:                      $500,000
JTC Staff:                   Dave Catterson
HTC and STC Staff:   Hayley Gamble; David Munnecke
Report due date:       December 14, 2018

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The Regulation of Taxi and For-Hire Services
ESSB 6106, Sec 204(8) directs the Joint Transportation Committee to examine the regulation of taxi and for-hire services by the state, local governments and port districts. The study must compare state and local regulations and make recommendations to improve the consistency or overall effectiveness and competitive fairness of the current regulatory frameworks. The JTC must consult with DOL, UTC, WSP, local governments and other relevant stakeholders.

Budget:                      $300,000
JTC Staff:                   Dave Catterson
HTC and STC Staff:   Kelly Simpson, Bryon Moore; Jennifer Harris, Mark Matteson
Report due date:       January 14, 2019


The Regulation of Transportation Network Companies
ESSB 6106, Sec 204(7) directs the Joint Transportation Committee to study the regulation of transportation network companies in Washington State. The study must include a review of the regulatory framework used by local jurisdictions in Washington and in other states, an evaluation of the most effective public safety aspects of a regulatory framework, including the type of required background checks, and an assessment of the most effective and efficient state and local regulatory structure. The JTC must consult with DOL, UTC, WSP, local governments and other relevant stakeholders.

Budget:                      $255,000
JTC Staff:                   Dave Catterson
HTC and STC Staff:   Kelly Simpson, Bryon Moore; Jennifer Harris, Mark Matteson
Report due date:       January 14, 2019


Commercial Driver's Licenses and Medical Certifications
ESSB 6106, Sec 204(9) directs the Joint Transportation Committee to conduct a study designed to help increase the number of CDL holders in the state of Washington, by addressing issues surrounding medical certifications.  The study will assess and recommend methods for setting: (1) state medical standards for excepted interstate commercial driver's license holders and applicants, who are not required to obtain medical certification under federal law; and (2) medical waiver requirements for intrastate non-excepted commercial driver's license holders and applicants, which must be set in a manner consistent with the requirements of federal law.

Budget:                      $150,000
JTC Staff:                   Paul Neal
HTC and STC Staff:   Bryon Moore; Jennifer Harris, Tricia Hasan
Report due date:       January 14, 2019


Capital Needs of Public Transit Systems
ESSB 6106, Sec 204(6) directs the Joint Transportation Committee to conduct a study of the capital needs of the 31 public transportation systems operated by public transportation benefit areas, metropolitan municipal corporations, cities, counties and county transportation authorities. The study will examine vehicle fleets as well as facilities such as park-and-rides, maintenance facilities and transit centers and will include an assessment of potential revenue sources to address future capital needs. The Washington State Transit Association and WSDOT will provide technical support to the study. A final report is due on March 1, 2019.

Budget:                      $315,000
JTC Staff:                   Paul Neal, Dave Catterson
HTC and STC Staff:   Hayley Gamble; David Munnecke
Report due date:       March 1, 2019

 

City Transportation Funding
ESSB 6106, Sec 204(5) directs the Joint Transportation Committee to conduct a study to assess the current state of city transportation funding, identify emerging issues, and recommend funding sources to meet current and future needs. A Stakeholder Panel will participate in the study, including representatives of cities, WSDOT, transportation planning organizations and TIB. WSDOT and the Association of Washington Cities will provide technical support to the study. A final report is due on June 30, 2019.

Budget:                      $360,000
JTC Staff:                   Dave Catterson, Paul Neal
HTC and STC Staff:   Bryon Moore
Report due date:       June 30, 2019

 

Two Day Tour by Charter Bus
The JTC will organize and host a two-day tour on board a charter bus on October 10 and 11.  The tour will travel to the northwest part of the state (Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties) to visit state and local transportation projects and learn about regional issues.

Budget:                      Within existing funds
JTC Staff:                   Beth Redfield with all JTC staff as back-up
Tour dates:                October 10 and 11, 2018

 

Transportation Resource Manual Update 
JTC staff will coordinate the update and publication of the 17th edition of the Transportation Resource Manual (TRM) – a comprehensive primer of Washington's transportation system, its governance and its funding.

Budget:                      Within existing funds
JTC Staff:                   Paul Neal, Dave Catterson
Report due date:       January 14, 2019