2017 – 2019 State Transportation Budget

Report from Tom Gaetz – WAPA Senior Advisor – 5.12.2017

 Washington State – 2017-19 Transportation Budget 

This week, Washington State House and Senate leaders finally reached an agreement and passed the 2017-19 Transportation budget. I’ve provided links to the official docs below. In summary, the new budget:

  • Appropriates about $8.5 billion over the next two years.
  • Spends $4.2 billion in the various capital programs.
  • Shifts $60 million of additional TPA funds to help fill the $149 million cost overrun on the Alaska Way Viaduct Deep Bore Tunnel project.
  • Maintains the Connecting Washington package and only makes minor modifications by advancing some funding on five projects to earlier years.
  • Adds $162 million to existing fish passage barrier funding. The planned spending for these projects averages about $90 million per biennium through 2033, still far short of the $2.4 billion estimated total need.
  • Funds several studies, including:  Board of Pilotage, I-405 Toll Data, Air Cargo, Role of the WTC, and alignment of an Ultra High Speed Rail line between Vancouver BC and Portland OR.
  • The VW settlement language has a minor reference (Sec 702), but transportations leaders decided to move the bulk of the framework to the Capital Budget, which has not been adopted as of this writing.

Conference Committee Report and Striker
House/Senate Budget Comparison Reports
LEAP Transportation Document 2017-1: Highway Projects Partnership Acct Projects (dated 04/20/2017)
LEAP Transportation Document 2017-2: All Projects (dated 04/20/2017)