Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: January 11, 2010
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 20-21 in Olympia. The two-day meeting will cover many topics including toll rate setting on SR 520 and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the Commission’s ferry customer survey, and a proposed reservation system for Washington State Ferries.
The two-day meeting will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 20-21, at the Transportation Building on the Olympia Capital Campus, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE in Olympia starting at 9 a.m. both days.
On Wednesday, WSDOT’s Toll division will hold a work session with the Commission to discuss rate setting for the SR 520 Bridge and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The commission is expected to finalize toll rate recommendations for both highways in the spring. The workshop also will include a report on three recently completed WSDOT studies examining the feasibility of tolling for I-405 express toll lanes, the Alaskan Way bored tunnel and the Columbia River Crossing. The session will end with a report on the final findings of the SR 520 Legislative Working Group that is making recommendations to the Legislature on a preferred SR 520 project design.
On day two, the Commission will hear a briefing on the update of the Washington Transportation Plan (WTP) from its consultant Bonnie Berk, Berk & Associates. The WTP is expected to be completed by the end of 2010 and will be submitted to the Governor and 2011 Legislature.
A report will be provided from Market Decisions Corporation (MDC), the consultant assisting the Commission with conducting the 2010 ferry rider survey. The Commission is required under law to conduct a survey of Ferry Customers every two years. This effort will begin Tuesday, Jan. 12. SMDC staff will recruit riders to sign up and participate in the survey which will be conducted online. Results of the survey will be submitted to the Governor and 2011 Legislature.
“Feedback from the customer survey has a direct impact on long-term ferry funding and operating decisions” said Carol Moser, Transportation Commission Chair. “Having the survey online will provide meaningful feedback more quickly, and on a continuing basis. It will allow us to have an ongoing conversation with ferry customers on key issues such as fare levels, pricing and reservations.”