The 2013 Legislature convened for a 105 day session on January 14, 2013, with the last day of the regular session under the state constitution being April 28, 2013. During the 2013 session, the Legislature is deliberating on a biennial budget that will set the permitted level of spending for the 2013-15 biennium.
For the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the focus of the 2013-15 biennium budget (pdf 653 kb), signed into law on May 20, 2013, is on preserving and operating a safe transportation system as efficiently as possible. The budget continues delivery of projects and program commitments, including construction projects funded as part of the 2003 and 2005 transportation revenue packages. Of the 421 projects paid for by the 2003 Transportation (Nickel) and 2005 Transportation Partnership Account (TPA) revenue, 352 projects have been completed.
The mid-biennium 2014 supplemental budget (pdf 402 kb), signed by the Governor on April 4, 2014, allows the department to: continue Amtrak Cascades rail service without reductions in service; fund the I-405 Express Toll Lanes system and an extension of the customer service center vendor contract; proceed with key work on the unfunded portion of the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program; hire a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) outreach position to help our agency meet our federal and agency DBE participation goals; continue our work emphasizing the disposal of surplus property; and begin design of a third, 144-car Olympic Class ferry funded with proceeds from a separately enacted bill (Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1129 (pdf 14 kb), relating to ferry vessel replacement).
Updates and additions to agency's 2014 supplemental budget request as of December 2013:
-1H Adjust Benefit Rates (amended title)
-5W Fuel Costs (November 2013 forecast update)
-8F Fuel Rate Adjustment (November 2013 forecast update)
-8U Utility Rate Adjustment (revised)
-BG Toll Operations Vendor Costs (new decision package)
-VC Regional Mobility Reappropriation (revised)
-VE STAR Pass Adjustments (revised)
-BI Toll Operations – CSC Procurement (new decision package)
-BJ I-405 Express Toll Lanes (new decision package)
-BK Toll Operations – TNB Cashless Study (new decision package)
-K- Electric Highway Charging Network (new decision package)
-K- Community Modeling Project (new decision package)
-SD DBE Community Engagement (revised)
-TE - Least Cost Planning (new decision package)