The below is an excerpt from the Washington State Democratic Platform, as passed by the elected delegates to the 2018 Washington State Convention, held in Wenatchee Washington on June 17th, 2018. You can find Resolutions passed by the WSDCC in the column to the right.
We believe that an efficient, well-planned, multimodal transportation system promotes a healthy economy, environment and community.
We call for:
- Significant public input and oversight into major transportation public works;
- Policies and public funding that make travel as safe and efficient as possible for all modes of transportation, motorized and non-motorized;
- Public transportation accessible to all, including safe, affordable, and efficient bus and rail services;
- Investments in public infrastructure that broaden individuals’ multimodal transportation choices;
- Encouraging the development of alternative energy for transportation;
- Instituting measures to reduce pollution and dependence on fossil fuels, including increased fuel efficiency standards for all vehicles;
- Land use planning that works toward the goal of decreasing the need to drive;
- An increased use of rail for passenger service and shipment of local agricultural and manufactured products while managing our rail system to prevent its domination by coal and oil shipments;
- Washington’s executive agencies and Legislature to adopt policies and laws to minimize public safety dangers to our state caused by transportation of fossil fuels and other hazardous materials;
- Development of a statewide system of charging stations to encourage use of electric vehicles;
- A high-speed rail system to link major cities;
- An integrated partnership for travel through ridership jurisdictions;
- Maintaining existing public right-of-way for future public use;
- Expansion of the Regional Reduced Fare Permit to all transit agencies throughout the state of Washington to make it easier for travelers to transfer between transit agencies;
- Assistance to other transit agencies to join the One Regional Card for All (ORCA) system to make it easier for persons who rely on public transit to transfer between transit agencies;
- Governments to invest in continued local access to needed transportation infrastructure, including rural road and highway maintenance and improvement;
- Consideration of freight mobility in all proposed transportation infrastructure projects;
- Adequately staffed, maintained and funded publicly-operated ferry systems, as they are a critical part of the overall transportation system;
- Consideration of climate change, health effects, and environmental impacts including water and air pollution in all transportation planning.
- Transportation infrastructure privatization.