Tacoma transportation issues and ferry naming highlight Transportation Commission meeting, November 13
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: November 9, 2012
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
TACOMA –Transportation challenges and priorities in Tacoma and Pierce County will be the topic of discussion as local and state officials meet with the Washington State Transportation Commission next week in Tacoma. The meeting is part of the commission’s public outreach effort to gather statewide input on transportation policies and funding priorities.
The public meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Tacoma City Hall, 747 Market St., Tacoma. Persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled for 3:45 p.m.
The meeting features a series of short presentations and discussions about current successes and challenges, future plans and needs for transportation in the Tacoma area, including roads, rail, public transportation and freight. The commission also will receive a report on the potential development of Express Toll Lanes in the State Route 167 and Interstate 405 corridor from the Pierce County line north to Lynnwood. In addition, Washington State Department of Transportation staff will brief the commission on Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll setting for fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014).
The commission, which is responsible for naming ferries and setting ferry fares and tolls, will also be selecting the names for the two 144-car ferries under construction. Seven ferry name proposals met criteria and were submitted to the commission: Cowlitz, Hoquiam, Ivar Haglund, Muckleshoot, Samish, Sammamish and Tokitae.
The commission uses guidelines for assessing ferry name proposals that include the following:
- Names should carry statewide significance and represent our state’s image and culture, such as state-adopted symbols, tribal names, names of bodies of water, geographic locations, cities, counties, or relate to nautical heritage.
- Consideration will be given to the consistency with existing WSF fleet names.
- Names with commercial overtones or names honoring or commemorating individuals should be avoided, but will be considered upon careful review.
The Washington State Transportation Commission holds several meetings throughout the state each year to gain insight from local government, industry and citizens about transportation issues that affect their communities and region. This information helps the commission to develop and implement transportation policies and recommendations that reflect the priorities of the people and local governments of the State of Washington.
For more information about the commission and complete meeting agendas for both meetings, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov.
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