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Transportation Operations-Operating - Department of Transportation

The Traffic Operations – Operating program maximizes highway system efficiency and safety. Program focus areas are system operations, incident response, low-cost enhancement projects, field assessments and emerging technology. System operation functions include operating ramp meters, tunnels and bridges, traffic signals and active traffic management systems. Staff located at traffic management centers (TMC) perform these functions, communicate travel conditions to the public and coordinate multi-agency operations for large pre-planned events and emergencies. The Incident Response program provides quick response to help safely clear disabled vehicles and collisions in the most congested section of state highways. The program reduces both traffic delay and the risk of secondary collisions. Low-cost enhancement projects are small-scale, low-cost projects that can be quickly implemented to address emerging safety or mobility issues. Typical low-cost enhancements are rumble strips, lane restriping, traffic signal upgrades and traffic control signs. Field assessments provide the resources to review all highway sections to identify performance gaps and near-term improvement opportunities. Outcomes of field assessment may include the development of low-cost enhancement projects through investments in other programs. The final key focus area for Traffic Operations is emerging transportation technology, including preparation for cooperative automated transportation (CAT) and automated speed and HOV compliance enforcement systems. The Traffic Operations – Capital program builds Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) projects that manage the highway system, improve commercial vehicle operations, provide traveler information and address safety and congestion relief. Examples of typical ITS projects include traffic cameras, ramp meters, data stations, hard shoulder running, variable speed systems and variable message signs. Projects also include commercial vehicle information systems and networks (CVISN), which supports the safe, legal and economical movement of freight. Commercial vehicles are electronically screened on the mainline in advance of weight stations; capturing truck weight, size, registrations and safety records.
Request 102,098,000
Net change from current biennium 54,156,998 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 113.0% Increase

Program Level Summary

Fund Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Motor Vehicle Account - Federal 574,267 634,613 158,903 1,025,000 1,025,000
Motor Vehicle Account - Private/Local 111,760 114,400 76,831 147,000 147,000
Motor Vehicle Account - State 36,208,291 34,518,952 12,428,995 43,117,000 46,682,000
State Route Number 520 Corridor Account - State 47,897 8,308 88,000 87,000
Multimodal Transportation Account - State 2,500,000 2,500,000
Move Ahead WA Account - State 1,850,000 1,850,000
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project Account - State 2,983 540,000 540,000
Interstate 405 and State Route Number 167 Express Toll Lanes Account - State 18,321
Annual Total 36,963,519 35,276,273 12,664,728 49,267,000 52,831,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
5,298,250 7.8% (24,904,566) (34.2%) 54,156,998 113.0%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2020-21 Actual 2021-22 Estimated 2022-23 Estimated 2023-24 Proposed 2024-25 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 276.5 256.1 259.3 272.0 276.3