Joint Transportation Committee

​Study of Road-Rail Conflicts in Cities

​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  

Final Report, Prioritization of Prominent Road-Rail Conflicts in Washington State     

Road-Rail Conflict Map and Database    

Access the database 


    Meeting Materials:

    Study Work Plan (describes tasks and schedule)

     Advisory Panel Members:

    Sean Guard, Mayor, City of Washougal                                                     Association of WA Cities                                  
    Paul Roberts, Councilmember, City of Everett                                         Association of WA Cities
    Lisa Janicki, Commissioner, Skagit County                                                WA State Association of Counties
    Al French, Commissioner, Spokane County                                              WA State Association of Counties
    Kevin Murphy, Executive Director                                                               Skagit Council of Governments
    Ashley Probart, Executive Director                                                             Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board
    Dave Danner, Chairman                                                                               WA Utilities and Transportation Commission
    James Thompson, Senior Director, Trade and Transportation              WA Public Ports Association
    Ron Pate, Freight Systems Director                                                            WA State Department of Transportation
    Johan Hellman, Government Relations                                                     BNSF Railroad
    Sheri Call, Government Relations                                                               WA Trucking Association

    Advisory Panel Meeting Schedule:
    May 23, 2016 (10:00 am - 2:00pm)
    Olympia, Red Lion Hotel   
    Data handout   

    August 2, 2016 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
    Seatac, The Conference Center at Seatac Airport
    Beijing Room   
    Draft Database Report Card   

    September 28, 2016 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
    Seatac, The Conference Center at Seatac Airport
    Beijing Room  
    List of prioritized crossings  

    November 2, 2016 (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
    Olympia, John A. Cherberg building
    Room ABC     
    Prioritization Results Infographic   

    Presented at JTC Meeting on 6/21/16:
    JTC's Road-Rail Conflicts Study presentation  

   Link to Resources page