Joint Transportation Committee

Active Studies  

2019
East – West Intercity Passenger Rail Feasibility
ESHB 1160, Sec, 204(3) directs the Joint Transportation Committee to study the feasibility of an east-west intercity passenger rail system for Washington State. The study will look specifically at the Stampede Pass corridor and service to Auburn, Cle-Elum, Yakima, Ellensburg, Tri-Cities, Toppenish and Spokane. The study must include the following elements:

  • Projections of potential ridership
  • Review of relevant planning studies
  • Assessment of current infrastructure conditions, including station stop locations
  • Identification of equipment needs
  • Identification of operator options

An advisory group will help guide the study.  Membership will include representatives from the JTC, House and Senate Transportation Committee staff, WSDOT, BNSF Rail, All Aboard Washington and others as deemed appropriate.

Budget:                         $250,000
JTC Staff:                       Dave Catterson, David Ward
STC & HTC Staff:          Daniel Masterson; Jennifer Harris
Report due date:         June 30, 2020


Electrification of Public Vehicle Fleets
ESHB 1160, Sec, 204(2) directs the Joint Transportation Committee to conduct an analysis of the electrification of public fleets in Washington State. The study will look specifically at the vehicle fleets owned by the State of Washington, cities, counties and transit agencies. Elements of the study will include:

  • An inventory of existing fleets that includes fuel, engine and vehicle type
  • A review of currently available electric vehicle alternatives for vehicle types most commonly used in the public fleets
  • The projected costs of achieving substantial conversion to battery and/or fuel cell electric vehicles by 2025, 2030 and 2035
  • Identification and analysis of financing mechanisms that could be used to finance the transition of publicly owned vehicles to battery and fuel cell electric vehicles
  • The predicted number and location profile of electric vehicle fueling stations needed statewide to provide fueling for the public fleets.

An advisory group will help guide the study. Membership will include representatives from the JTC, House and Senate Transportation Committee staff, the Department of Enterprise Services, Washington State Department of Transportation, the Department of Licensing, the Department of Commerce, the Washington State Association of Counties, the Association of Washington Cities, the Washington State Transit Association, transit agencies, and others as deemed appropriate.

Budget:                          $450,000
JTC Staff:                        Dave Catterson, Paul Neal
STC & HTC Staff:           Kim Johnson; Dave Munnecke
Report due date:         September 30, 2020


Statewide Transportation Needs Assessment
ESHB 1160, Sec, 204(1) directs the Joint Transportation Committee to conduct a comprehensive assessment of statewide transportation needs and priorities, and existing and potential transportation funding mechanisms to address those needs and priorities. This study includes two phases.  Phase I is to be completed by June 30, 2020 and will include:

  • Recommendations on the critical state and local transportation projects, programs, and services needed to achieve an efficient, effective, statewide transportation system over the next ten years;
  • A comprehensive menu of funding options for the legislature to consider to address the identified transportation system investments; and
  • An analysis of the economic impacts of a range of future transportation investments.

For Phase II a JTC-appointed commission or panel shall review the assessment from Phase I and make final recommendations to the legislature for consideration during the 2021 legislative session on a realistic, achievable plan for funding transportation programs, projects, and services over the next ten years including a timeline for legislative action on funding the identified transportation system needs shortfall. Phase II is to be completed by December 31, 2020.

Budget:                           $450,000
JTC Staff:                         David Ward, Dave Catterson
STC & HTC Staff:           Hayley Gamble; Amy Skei
Report due date:          Phase I - June 30, 2020
                                          Phase II – December 31, 2020


Vehicle Sub-Agents
ESHB 1160, Sec, 204(4) directs the Joint Transportation Committee to conduct a study of vehicle subagents in Washington State. The study must consider and include recommendations, as necessary, on the following:

  • The current process of selecting and authorizing a vehicle subagent, including the change of ownership process and the identification of any barriers to entry into the vehicle subagent market;
  • The annual business expenditures borne by each of the vehicle subagent businesses since fiscal year 2010 and identification of any materials, including office equipment and supplies, provided by the department of licensing to each vehicle subagent since fiscal year 2010;
  • The oversight provided by the county auditors and/or the Department of Licensing over the vehicle subagent businesses;
  • The history of service fees, how increases to the service fee rate are made, and how the requested fee increase is determined;
  • The online vehicle registration renewal process and any potential improvements to the online process;
  • The Department of Licensing's ability to provide more5vehicle licensing services directly, particularly taking into account6the increase in online vehicle renewal transactions;
  • The potential expansion of services that can be performed by vehicle subagents; and
  • The process by which the geographic locations of vehicle subagents are determined

An advisory group will help guide the study. Membership will include representatives from the JTC, House and Senate Transportation Committee staff, the Department of Licensing, county auditors, vehicle subagents and others as deemed appropriate.

Budget:                          $275,000
JTC Staff:                        Paul Neal, David Ward
STC & HTC Staff:           Bryon Moore; Beth Redfield
Report due date:          September 30, 2020


Two Day Tour by Charter Bus with Optional 3rd day in Victoria
The JTC will organize and host a charter bus tour on October 2 and 3.  This year we are visiting the Kitsap and Olympic Penninsula to visit state and local transportation projects and learn about regional issues with an emphasis on fish passage.  We are also providing an optional 3rd day in Victoria on October 4, primarily to discuss cross-border transportation issues.   

Budget:             Existing funds
JTC staff:           Paul Neal with all JTC staff as back-up
Tour dates:      October 2 and 3 with optional 3rd day in Victoria on October 4