Today the Senate Transportation Committee spent more than four hours reviewing and hearing public testimony about the new Senate transportation package. Sen. Steve O’Ban’s comprehensive transportation-reform proposal is one of 10 reform measures discussed.
The proposed measure rolls four reform bills (House Bills 1957, 1978, 1986, and 1988) into one complete piece of legislation to address inadequacies and inefficiencies within Washington’s state transportation system.
Each of those four measures was passed by the House of Representatives in 2013 with a strong bipartisan vote and outlines improvements that would streamline the permitting process for transportation projects, and increase transparency and accountability when reporting construction-project errors and changes.
Many people testified in support of O’Ban’s proposal, which would accelerate the completion of projects around the state and reduce the cost to taxpayers by putting more-efficient practices into effect.