Proviso for Funding Feasibility WA State Legislature 2018

Transportation Budget Proviso Request: Solutionary Rail Independent Feasibility

The appropriation in this section is subject to the following conditions and limitation:  The appropriation is provided solely for a five part initial study of the feasibility/viability of infrastructural investment in the electrification of rail lines for freight moving along the Northern Transcon corridor, and to determine the benefits that could occur to related to the creation of jobs, improved rail worker and community safety, tribal and rural renewable energy development, impact on habitat and treaty protected fisheries, agricultural access to markets, public health and air quality for fenceline communities, and public savings on highways.  Further any positive or negative impacts on achieving greenhouse gas reduction goals from such investments will be investigated and initially estimated.  The study must be conducted under contract with qualified transportation economist(s) at Washington State University. 

(1)  Part one of the study will seek to investigate the cost of a “public belt” of electrification for freight and/or passenger rail. Such study will look to the potential for such a system to be powered by renewable energy sourced from the power along corridor as the traffic moves through the corridor.  Further the ability and viability of utilizing the corridor Right of Way (ROW) for the transmission of HVDC and HVAC is to be evaluated.  Specific details will be determined in the study scoping as the first work task of this Phase.

(2)  Part two of the study is a review of the cost and benefits of increasing track speeds in the corridor (Northern Transcom).  A review of literature must be used to identify the differing sourcing/type of benefits.  To the degree possible the relative magnitude of possible benefits will be produced. Costs must be inventoried both as technical cost estimates and economic costs.

(3)  Part three of the study will be a market analysis of relative impacts of track improvements leading to speed upgrades, determining to the degree possible in this initial study whether a business case exists for investments leading to 80 or above miles per hour.  The business case investigation must preliminarily determine whether the combination of track speed and other rail improvements that increase speed capability could be made to repay public investments via appropriate user fees.  Alternative benefit sources will be investigated and categorized in this phase.

(4)  Part four of the study will be an investigation of the specific possible role of HV transmission along the ROW in creating such benefits. The study must examine how the inclusion of conditions such as railroad workers protection, safety requirements (technically and regulatory), and required or encouraged use of renewable resources/energy, before public investment would occur, affects the viability of the potential project.

(5)  Part five of the study will evaluate funding sources and mechanisms, including a State or Interstate Infrastructure Bank entity as the alternative funding for the “public belt”, including tax and user fee incentives for investment fund generation.  A review of alternative sourcing in other states, regions and international investment schemes would be a deliverable of the study. 

The report must be submitted to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the legislature by December 13, 2018.

 

Appropriation:

XXXXXXXXXXX account                                                             $1,000,000

Prior Bienna  (Expenditures)…………………………………………………$0

Future Bienna (Projected Costs)……………………………………………  $0

TOTAL……………………………………………………………………$1,000,000 


Washington State House Transportation Committee Members

Representative Room Phone
Clibborn, Judy (D)
Chair
415 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7926
Fey, Jake (D)
Vice Chair
414 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7974
Wylie, Sharon (D)
Vice Chair
310 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7924
Orcutt, Ed (R)
Ranking Minority Member
408 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7990
Hargrove, Mark (R)
Asst Ranking Minority Member
436 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7918
Harmsworth, Mark (R)
Asst Ranking Minority Member
466 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7892
Chapman, Mike (D) 132B Legislative Building (360) 786-7916
Gregerson, Mia (D) 328 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7868
Hayes, Dave (R) 467 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7914
Irwin, Morgan (R) 430 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7866
Kloba, Shelley (D) 132A Legislative Building (360) 786-7900
Lovick, John (D) 429B Legislative Building (360) 786-7804
McBride, Joan (D) 335 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7848
Morris, Jeff (D) 436A Legislative Building (360) 786-7970
Ortiz-Self, Lillian (D) 330 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7972
Pellicciotti, Mike (D) 304 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7898
Pike, Liz (R) 469 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7812
Riccelli, Marcus (D) 434A Legislative Building (360) 786-7888
Rodne, Jay (R) 420 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7852
Shea, Matt (R) 427A Legislative Building (360) 786-7984
Stambaugh, Melanie (R) 122E Legislative Building (360) 786-7948
Tarleton, Gael (D) 429A Legislative Building (360) 786-7860
Valdez, Javier (D) 306 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7818
Van Werven, Luanne (R) 419 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7980
Young, Jesse (R) 422 John L. O'Brien Building (360) 786-7964

Washington State Senate Transportation Committee Members

Senator Room Phone
Hobbs, Steve (D)
Chair
305 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7686
Saldaña, Rebecca (D)
Vice Chair
230 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7688
King, Curtis (R)
Ranking Member
115A Irv Newhouse Building (360) 786-7626
Chase, Maralyn (D) 224 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7662
Cleveland, Annette (D) 220 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7696
Dhingra, Manka (D) 239 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7672
Fortunato, Phil (R) 201 Irv Newhouse Building (360) 786-7660
Liias, Marko (D) 309 Legislative Building (360) 786-7640
McCoy, John (D) 305 Legislative Building (360) 786-7674
O'Ban, Steve (R) 102 Irv Newhouse Building (360) 786-7654
Sheldon, Tim (D) 417 Legislative Building (360) 786-7668
Takko, Dean (D) 226 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7636
Walsh, Maureen (R) 205 Irv Newhouse Building (360) 786-7630
Wellman, Lisa (D) 218 John A. Cherberg Building (360) 786-7641
Zeiger, Hans (R) 109 Irv Newhouse Building (360) 786-7648
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