Joint Transportation Committee

​​

​​Active Studies

​2021    

Washington State Ferries Workforce Plan     
The Washington State Legislature has commissioned a study to develop a workforce plan for Washington State Ferries (WSF). Like many employers WSF is grappling with replacing retiring baby boomers and increasing diversity in the workforce. The available pool of employees is further limited by extensive Coast Guard licensing and certification requirements. 

The JTC study requires development of a WSF workforce plan addressing
  • Management of overtime costs;
  • Recruitment;​
  • Retention;
  • Diversity;
  • Training needs;
  • Leadership development;
  • Other elements needed to ensure sufficient and cost-effective crewing and staffing.
Budget:     $300,000 to $400,000
JTC Staff:     Paul Neal, Dave Catterson     
STC and HTC Staff:     Daniel Masterson; Beth Redfield     
Report Due Dates:     Short-term strategies for managing overtime costs: January 1, 2022
                                      Final Workforce Plan: December 20, 2022     
Final Report Washington State Ferries Short-Term Strategies for Overtime Reduction     
View study materials and information       ​

Car Tabs Payment Options Workgroup    
The Washington State Legislature has directed the JTC to convene a vehicle registration payment work group to study and recommend new options for payment of vehicle fees or taxes due at the time of application for vehicle registration. These are the fees and taxes that are paid when vehicle owners purchase or renew their vehicle license tabs.

The work group must consist of, but is not limited​ to, the following members:​​
  • a representative of the Department of Licensing,
  • a representative of county auditors,
  • a representative of vehicle licensing subagents,
  • a representative of local taxing authorities imposing a fee or tax due at the time of application for vehicle registration,
  • a representative of a city offering or considering a rebate program for vehicle fees or taxes due at the time of application for vehicle registration,
  • a representative of vehicle owners subject to a motor vehicle excise tax, a representative of vehicle owners subject to an electric car or transportation electrification fee, and
  • an advocate for multimodal transportation options.

The work group must engage with members of the public who are interested in new options for payment of car tab fees and taxes, including persons from communities of color, low-income households, vulnerable populations, and displaced communities.

The work group's recommendations must include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Options to provide or encourage rebates to vehicle owners who pay taxes and fees due at the time of application for vehicle registration;
  • An agreed upon service fee structure for vehicle registration payment plans;
  • An agreed upon service fee revenue allocation method;
  • A process to allow agents and subagents to determine if a vehicle owner has paid all taxes and fees due prior to renewal of a vehicle registration;
  • Options for reducing revenue loss due to missed payments, transfer of the certificate of title, or registration of a vehicle out of state; and
  • Options to reduce impacts to communities of color, low-income households, vulnerable populations, and displaced communities.  

Budget:     $250,000
JTC Staff:     Alyson Cummings, Paul Neal
STC and HTC Staff:     Daniel Masterson; Beth Redfield
Report Due Date:     September 30, 2022      
View study materials and information     

Transportation Equity in Cities
The Washington State Legislature has commissioned a study on the impacts of current and historical city transportation investments on designated populations, including communities of color, low-income households, vulnerable populations, and displaced communities.

The study will identify and measure the true costs of underinvestment in accessible transportation for designated populations, including the secondary impacts to public health, economic opportunity, educational access, and environmental risk factors. The assessment must include specific approaches to addressing existing inequities within cities, as well as recommendations to develop best practices to improve, diversify, and expand city transportation investments. 

Budget:     $215,000
JTC Staff:     Dave Catterson, Alyson Cummings
STC and HTC Staff:     Daniel Masterson; Beth Redfield
Report Due Date:     December 20, 2022   ​
View study materials and information      ​

Evaluation of Washington State Patrol Cessna Aircraft Fleet
The Washington State Legislature directed the Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) to evaluate Washington State Patrol's Cessna aircraft fleet.

WSP's aviation section provides aerial traffic enforcement, traffic congestion management, natural disaster response, homeland security, and other aerial law enforcement and public safety services. It operates five Cessna aircraft to accomplish this mission.  The Cessnas were purchased between 1999 and 2001.

The Washington State Patrol asked the 2022 Legislature to fund replacement of all five Cessnas over the next four years. This prompted the Legislative request for evaluation of the duties of the aviation section to determine whether there were other options for modernization of the fleet.

The analysis will:

  • ​Assess current use and performance of the aircraft;
  • Recommend timing of replacement;
  • Evaluate the feasibility and costs of alternative fuel aircraft; and
  • Review other potential technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicles.
Budget:    $250,000
JTC Staff:    Paul Neal, Alyson Cummings    
STC and HTC Staff:    Bryon Moore; Beth Redfield    
Report Due Date:   December 1, 2022
View study materials and information      ​​

Nondrivers: Population, Demographics, and Analysis    

The Washington State Legislature has directed the Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) to conduct a study on Nondrivers in Washington State. The study will identify and analyze the demographics of Washington (WA) State Nondrivers and how current transportation infrastructure and services serve nondrivers throughout the state.

The specific elements of the study include:

  • Research and summarize current data on the number and characteristics of nondrivers.
  • ​Identify the types of transportation utilized by nondrivers, the availability of these options throughout the state (at least at the county level), and the cost to utilize these options.
     
  • Conduct a statewide survey to determine the reasons people do not drive; the demographics of nondrivers; and available transportation options for nondrivers, as well as the impact those options have on their access to services, economic opportunity, recreation, education, and other aspects of community life
     
  • Create a dataset from the information gained through research and the survey, and analyze the availability of transportation options for nondrivers throughout the state. The analysis must also evaluate the impact those options have on daily life for people around the state.
Budget:   $400,000
JTC Staff:   Alyson Cummings, Paul Neal    
STC and HTC Staff:    Jenna Forty; Michael Hirsch   
Report Due Date:    February 1, 2023   
View study materials and information    

Encouraging High Consumption Fuel Users to Switch to Electric Vehicles
The Washington State Legislature directed the Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) to study strategies encouraging high consumption fuel users (HCFU) to switch to electric vehicles.  About 10% of drivers are HCFUs but, according to studies, these drivers account for over 30% of emissions.

Reducing emissions by encouraging HCFUs to switch to electric vehicles would help meet state emission goals in RCW 70A.45.020.  The study will inform policymakers on factors effecting consumer decisions to switch to electric vehicles and evaluate potential policies to help encourage this transition for HCFUs.

The Legislature's study tasks include:

  • Background data:
    • Which HCFUs can switch to EVs?
    • How much money would those users save?
    • How many gallons of fuel would be displaced?
       
  • Consumer choice data and analysis:
    • HCFUs attitudes and perception of EVs;
    • Perceived barriers to HCFU adoption of EVs;
    • Identifying effective messages to encourage the transition;
    • Identifying policies to encourage the transition.
Budget:    $450,000   
JTC Staff:    Paul Neal, Dave Catterson 
STC and HTC Staff:    Brandon Popovac; Jennifer Harris    
Report Due Date:    July 1, 2023    ​​
View study materials and information      


   


​​





        

​