Transportation Commission Talks Tolling, Ferry Tariffs and Long-Term Transportation Planning
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: May 10, 2010
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA: The Washington State Transportation Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting next week in Olympia. The two-day meeting will cover many topics including continued discussions on SR 520 Bridge toll setting, an initial discussion on ferry fare adjustments to be made later this year, and a report on the update of state’s 20-year transportation plan.
The two-day meeting will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18-19, at the Transportation Building on the Olympia Capital Campus, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE in Olympia starting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Commission will review a preliminary draft of the 2011 – 2030 Washington Transportation Plan (WTP). WTP 2030 is a comprehensive and balanced statewide transportation plan that establishes a 20-year vision for the development of the statewide transportation system, covering state highways and ferries to sidewalks and bike paths, county roads, city streets, public transit, air and rail. The Commission will adopt the final WTP 2030 by December of this year.
On Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the Commission will continue its work with WSDOT toward developing the toll rate structure for the SR 520 Bridge. Discussions will cover the rate setting timeline, possible rate levels and rate structure. Toll collection on the SR 520 Bridge will begin in 2011 with the dual purposes of generating revenue to pay for a portion of the new bridge and managing congestion on the existing facility.
Following the tolling discussion, the Commission will begin consideration of ferry tariffs for the period from October 2010 to September 2011. By statute, the Commission is required to set ferry fares to cover those operating costs of the ferry system not provided for in the transportation budget.
The Commission also is planning to take action on a legislative request that SR 110, near Forks on the Olympic Peninsula, be designated the “Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm Memorial Highway.”