Transportation Commission to Approve 20-year Statewide Transportation Plan and Consider Photo Tolls for Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: December 8, 2010
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA– The Washington State Transportation Commission will meet next Tuesday and Wednesday in Olympia. At the two-day meeting, the Commission will review the Final Draft Washington Transportation Plan 2030 (WTP 2030) and approve its transmittal to the Governor and Legislature. The Commission will also discuss the introduction of photo tolling on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and will likely release a photo toll rate proposal.
The meeting will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, December 14th and 15th at the Transportation Building on the Capital Campus, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE in Olympia. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. each day.
On Tuesday, the Commission will finalize its work on the Washington Transportation Plan (WTP) 2030, a comprehensive statewide plan that establishes a 20-year direction for our state’s transportation network. The plan makes many recommendations to the Legislature and Governor on needed changes and sets forth funding recommendations aimed at generating additional revenue for maintenance of current roadways as well as for strategic improvements across the state.
On Wednesday the Commission will review the results of several toll feasibility studies and WSDOT will report on the latest data on Tacoma Narrows Bridge traffic and revenue. The TNB Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will deliver its recommendations on photo tolling for the TNB. The Commission is expected to release a TNB photo toll rate proposal at the meeting for further public review and comment.
Should the Commission release their TNB proposal, a public input meeting is scheduled for January 19th at 6:30 p.m. at Gig Harbor City Hall. The Commission will be taking comments at this meeting - no action will be taken. A final hearing is scheduled for January 25th at 6:30 p.m. at Gig Harbor City Hall. The public will be able to provide comment at the hearing and the Commission is expected to take final action. Comments can also be sent to the Commission via their public email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other items on the Commission agenda include an Update on the Ferry Rider Opinion Survey, a work session on Washington State Ferries and reports on public-private partnerships.
For information on the Transportation Commission and a full Agenda, visit the website at www.wstc.wa.gov.