Joint Transportation Committee

Current Studies  
2015-16

Study of Washington State Patrol Trooper Recruitment and Retention
2ESHB 1299, Sec 204(1) appropriates $250,000 for a study of trooper recruitment and retention issues, in order to identify potential barriers to effective recruitment of cadets, and the retention of troopers of various levels of tenure.  The study will provide recommendations on how best to attract and retain the highest quality trooper workforce.  A final report due on December 14, 2015.
Budget:  $250,000
JTC Staff:  Alyson Cummings, with Mary Fleckenstein as back-up
HTC and STC Staff:  Jerry Long and Amanda Cecil
Report due date:  December 14, 2015

Study of Weigh Station Planning, Placement and Operations
2ESHB 1299, Sec 204(2) appropriates $125,000 for a study of weigh station planning, placement and operations by the Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Transportation.  The goal is evaluate the system's efficiency in managing operations and capital assets, and its effectiveness in achieving road preservation, traffic safety and freight mobility goals.  A final report is due December 14, 2015.
Budget:  $125,000
JTC Staff: Beth Redfield, with Alyson Cummings and Mary Fleckenstein as back-ups
HTC and STC Staff: Jerry Long and Amanda Cecil
Report due date: December 14, 2015

Work Sessions on the Alaska Way Viaduct Replacement Project
2ESHB 1299, Sec 204(5) directs Joint Transportation Committee to hold two work sessions in 2015 on the Alaskan Way viaduct replacement project.  The work sessions will be held in October and December, and may include representatives from WSDOT, the Seattle Tunnel Partners, and other stakeholders.
Budget: Within existing funds
JTC Staff: Mary Fleckenstein
HTC and STC Staff: Alyssa Ball and Clint McCarthy

Design-Build Review Panel (2015-2016)
2ESSB 5997, Sec 3 directs the Joint Transportation Committee to conduct a design-build contracting review study to examine WSDOT's implementation and use of design-build, to maximize cost and schedule efficiencies and ensure that risk is borne by the appropriate party.  $450,000 for the study is appropriated in the new-law transportation budget, 2ESSB 5988, Sec. 201.  The study will be conducted with a panel of experts including a consultant and at least two nationally recognized design-build experts, and representatives from the Association of General Contractors, the American Council of Engineering Contractors, the Professional and Technical Employees Local 17, and WSDOT.  The report is due by December 1, 2016.
Budget: $450,000
JTC Staff: Mary Fleckenstein and Beth Redfield
HTC and STC Staff: Alyssa Ball and David Munnecke, Kim Johnson
Report due date: December 1, 2016

Minority and Women-Owned Businesses
2ESSB 5988, Sec 201(2) directs the Joint Transportation Committee to study issues surrounding  minority and women-owned business contracting related to the transportation sector, identifying best practices adopted in other states that encourage participation by minority and women-owned businesses. 
Budget: Not specified
JTC Staff: TBD
HTC and STC Staff:  Alyssa Ball and Clint McCarthy
Report due date:  Not specified

Study of Road-Rail Conflicts in Cities (2016)
2ESHB 1299, Sec 204(3) appropriates $250,000 for a 2016 study of road-rail conflicts in cities, with a goal of recommending a corridor-based process to prioritize projects addressing the impacts of increased rail traffic.  This study will use the results of a $250,000 study to be conducted in 2015 by the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board of freight infrastructure needs, including an update of long-term marine cargo forecast.  A final report is due on December 1, 2016.
Budget: $250,000 from the cities' statewide fuel tax distribution
JTC Staff: Beth Redfield, with Mary Fleckenstein as back-up
HTC and STC Staff: Paul Ingiosi and Hayley Gamble
Report due date: December 1, 2016

Ferry Tour
The JTC plans to host a ferry-focused tour on board a motor coach during the 3rd week in September. The tour will start in Olympia, and will likely include stops at Vigor Shipyard and Colman Dock in Seattle, Anacortes (overnight), Clinton and Mukilteo, Edmonds, and a ferry ride to the San Juan Islands aboard the Samish.  Issues to be covered include vessel and terminal preservation and construction, the ferry reservation system, LNG fuel, and others.
Budget: Within existing funds
JTC Staff: Beth Redfield, with all JTC staff as back-up
Tour Dates:  September 16-17, 2015

Rail Safety Consolidation at UTC (2017-2019)
2ESHB 1299, Sec 204(4) provides intent language for the JTC to undertake a study in the 2017-2019 biennium of consolidating rail employee safety and regulatory functions in the UTC.  The study would review information that the UTC will provide in 2016, based on work by a state agency workgroup to identify the issues, laws and regulations relevant to such consolidation (2ESHB 1299, Sec 102).