Chapter 47.66 RCW

MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS

Sections

47.66.010Legislative declaration.
47.66.030Regional mobility grants.
47.66.040Selection processLocal matching funds.
47.66.070Multimodal transportation account.
47.66.080Grant programs examination.
47.66.100Rural mobility grant program.
47.66.110Transit coordination grant program.
47.66.120Green transportation capital grant program.
47.66.900Effective date1993 c 393.


Legislative declaration.

There is significant state interest in assuring that viable multimodal transportation programs are available throughout the state. The legislature recognizes the need to create a mechanism to fund multimodal transportation programs and projects. The legislature further recognizes the complexities associated with current funding mechanisms and seeks to create a process that would allow for all transportation programs and projects to compete for limited resources.



Regional mobility grants.

(1)(a) The department shall establish a regional mobility grant program. The purpose of the grant program is to aid local governments in funding projects such as intercounty connectivity service, park and ride lots, rush hour transit service, and capital projects that improve the connectivity and efficiency of our transportation system. The department shall identify cost-effective projects that reduce delay for people and goods and improve connectivity between counties and regional population centers. The department shall submit a prioritized list of all projects requesting funding to the legislature by December 1st of each year.
(b) Once the department has a prioritized list, pursuant to (a) of this subsection and RCW 47.66.040, of all projects requesting funding, the department shall reprioritize the projects in counties with a population of seven hundred thousand or more that border Puget Sound based on the same criteria used for the prioritized list as well as the additional criteria of coordination and integration. After this reprioritization, the department shall integrate these reprioritized projects with the prioritized projects from all other counties while ensuring that the prioritized projects from all other counties do not move to a lower relative position on this integrated list or, if a prioritized project from all other counties is in the funded portion of the prioritized list, out of the funded portion of this integrated list.
(2) The department may establish an advisory committee to carry out the mandates of this chapter.
(3) The department must report annually to the transportation committees of the legislature on the status of any grants projects funded by the program created under this section.

NOTES:

Effective dateIntent2015 3rd sp.s. c 11: See notes following RCW 35.58.2796.
FindingsIntent2005 c 318: See note following RCW 47.01.330.
Effective datePart headings not lawSeverability1995 c 269: See notes following RCW 18.16.050.



Selection processLocal matching funds.

(1) The department shall select projects based on a competitive process. The competition shall be consistent with the following criteria:
(a) Local, regional, and state transportation plans;
(b) Local transit development plans; and
(c) Local comprehensive land use plans.
(2) The following criteria shall be considered by the department in selecting programs and projects:
(a) Objectives of the growth management act, the high capacity transportation act, the commute trip reduction act, transportation demand management programs, federal and state air quality requirements, and federal Americans with Disabilities Act and related state accessibility requirements; and
(b) Enhancing the efficiency of regional corridors in moving people among jurisdictions and modes of transportation, energy efficiency issues, reducing delay for people and goods, freight and goods movement as related to economic development, regional significance, rural isolation, the leveraging of other funds, and safety and security issues.
(3) The department shall determine the appropriate level of local match required for each project based on the source of funds.

NOTES:

FindingsIntent2005 c 318: See note following RCW 47.01.330.
Effective datePart headings not lawSeverability1995 c 269: See notes following RCW 18.16.050.



Multimodal transportation account.

The multimodal transportation account is created in the state treasury. Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation. Expenditures from the account may be used only for transportation purposes.

NOTES:

Effective date2000 2nd sp.s. c 4 §§ 1-3, 20: See note following RCW 82.08.020.



Grant programs examination.

Beginning in 2005, and every other year thereafter, the department shall examine the division's existing grant programs, and the methods used to allocate grant funds, to determine the program's effectiveness, and whether the methods used to allocate funds result in an equitable distribution of the grants. The department shall submit a report of the findings to the transportation committees of the legislature.

NOTES:

FindingsIntent2005 c 318: See note following RCW 47.01.330.



Rural mobility grant program.

(1) The department shall establish a rural mobility grant program. The purpose of the grant program is to aid small cities and rural areas, as identified in the "Summary of Public Transportation - 2008" published by the department or subsequent versions published by the department.
(a) Fifty percent of the money appropriated for the rural mobility grant program must go to noncompetitive grants that must be distributed to the transit systems serving small cities and rural areas in a manner similar to past disparity equalization programs.
(b) Fifty percent of the money appropriated for the rural mobility grant program must go to competitive grants to providers of rural mobility service in areas not served or underserved by transit agencies.
(2) The department may establish an advisory committee to carry out the mandates of this section.
(3) The department must report annually to the transportation committees of the legislature on the status of any grants projects funded by the program created under this section.
(4) During the 2011-2013 fiscal biennium, the department shall, with money appropriated for the competitive grants program under subsection (1)(b) of this section, implement a pilot project to provide agricultural workers with enhanced transit opportunities through the establishment of one or more vanpool programs. The pilot project must, at a minimum, provide appropriate vehicles, insurance, and maintenance, and may charge an appropriate fee, as determined by the department, to the riders in a vanpool.



Transit coordination grant program. (Expires July 1, 2020.)

(1) The transit coordination grant program is created in the department. The purpose of the transit coordination grant program is to encourage joint planning and coordination on the part of central Puget Sound transit systems in order to improve the user experience, increase ridership, and make the most effective use of tax dollars. The department shall oversee, manage, score, select, and evaluate transit coordination grant program project applications, and shall select transit coordination grant recipients annually. A transit agency located in a county or counties with a population of seven hundred thousand or more that border Puget Sound is eligible to apply to the department for transit coordination grants.
(2) Projects eligible for transit coordination grants include, but are not limited to, projects that:
(a) Integrate marketing efforts;
(b) Align fare structures;
(c) Integrate service planning;
(d) Coordinate long-range planning, including capital projects planning and implementation;
(e) Integrate other administrative functions and internal business processes as appropriate; and
(f) Integrate certain customer-focused tools and initiatives.
(3) Transit coordination grants must, at a minimum, be proposed jointly by two or more eligible transit agencies and must include a description of the:
(a) Issue or problem to be addressed;
(b) Specific solution and measurable outcomes;
(c) Benefits such as cost savings, travel time improvements, improved coordination, and improved customer experience; and
(d) Performance measurements and an evaluation plan that includes the identification of milestones towards successful completion of the project.
(4) Transit coordination grant applications must include measurable outcomes for the project including, but not limited to, the following:
(a) Impacts on service, such as increased service, improved service delivery, and improved transfers and coordination across transit service;
(b) Impacts on customer service, such as: Improved reliability; improved outreach and coordination with customers, employers, and communities; improvements in customer service functions, such as customer response time and web-based and other communications; and
(c) Impacts on administration, such as improved marketing and outreach efforts, integrated customer-focused tools, and improved cross-agency communications.
(5) Transit coordination grant applications must also include:
(a) Project budget and cost details; and
(b) A commitment and description of local matching funding of at least ten percent of the project cost.
(6) Upon completion of the project, transit coordination grant recipients must provide a report to the department that includes an overview of the project, how the grant funds were spent, and the extent to which the identified project outcomes were met. In addition, such reports must include a description of best practices that could be transferred to other transit agencies faced with similar issues to those addressed by the transit coordination grant recipient. The department must report annually to the transportation committees of the legislature on the transit coordination grants that were awarded, and the report must include data to determine if completed transit coordination grant projects produced the anticipated outcomes included in the grant applications.
(7) This section expires July 1, 2020.

NOTES:

Effective dateIntent2015 3rd sp.s. c 11: See notes following RCW 35.58.2796.



Green transportation capital grant program.

(1)(a) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose through the 2023-2025 biennium, the department's public transportation division shall establish a green transportation capital grant program. The purpose of the grant program is to aid any transit authority in funding cost-effective capital projects to reduce the carbon intensity of the Washington transportation system, examples of which include: Electrification of vehicle fleets, including battery and fuel cell electric vehicles; modification or replacement of capital facilities in order to facilitate fleet electrification and/or hydrogen refueling; necessary upgrades to electrical transmission and distribution systems; and construction of charging and fueling stations. The department's public transportation division shall identify projects and shall submit a prioritized list of all projects requesting funding to the legislature by December 1st of each even-numbered year.
(b) The department's public transportation division shall select projects based on a competitive process that considers the following criteria:
(i) The cost-effectiveness of the reductions in carbon emissions provided by the project; and
(ii) The benefit provided to transitioning the entire state to a transportation system with lower carbon intensity.
(2) The department's public transportation division must establish an advisory committee to assist in identifying projects under subsection (1) of this section. The advisory committee must include representatives from the department of ecology, the department of commerce, the utilities and transportation commission, and at least one transit authority.
(3) In order to receive green transportation capital grant program funding for a project, a transit authority must provide matching funding for that project that is at least equal to twenty percent of the total cost of the project.
(4) The department's public transportation division must report annually to the transportation committees of the legislature on the status of any grant projects funded by the program created under this section.
(5) For purposes of this section, "transit authority" means a city transit system under RCW 35.58.2721 or chapter 35.95A RCW, a county public transportation authority under chapter 36.57 RCW, a metropolitan municipal corporation transit system under chapter 36.56 RCW, a public transportation benefit area under chapter 36.57A RCW, an unincorporated transportation benefit area under RCW 36.57.100, a regional transit authority under chapter 81.112 RCW, or any special purpose district formed to operate a public transportation system.

NOTES:

Effective date2019 c 287: See note following RCW 82.29A.125.
FindingsIntent2019 c 287: See note following RCW 28B.30.903.



Effective date1993 c 393.

This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately [May 15, 1993].