Peninsula transportation the focus of State Transportation Commission Meeting, May 22
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: May 13, 2013
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
PORT TOWNSEND – Transportation challenges and priorities for the north Olympic Peninsula will be the focus of a meeting with the Washington State Transportation Commission when it visits Port Townsend next week. Local and state officials from Port Townsend, Port Angeles and Jefferson and Clallam counties will participate as part of the commission’s statewide public outreach effort.
The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Port of Port Townsend, 333 Benedict Street. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled for 4:50 p.m.
The meeting features a series of short presentations on successes and challenges, future plans and needs for transportation in Jefferson and Clallam counties. Topics include roads, ferries, ports, public transportation and trails. The meeting will include a panel discussion focused on the connections between tourism and transportation on the north Olympic Peninsula. In addition, with Jefferson and Clallam counties having the state’s highest proportion of elderly citizens, another panel will talk about the demand for increased paratransit and special needs transportation.
During this meeting, the commission also will begin the ferry fare-setting process for the state budget cycle beginning July 1, 2013. The Legislature has set a fare-revenue target of $328 million that must be raised by ferry fares between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2015. The commission will visit several ferry-served communities during July to gather input on the fare proposal.
The commission also will take action, as directed by Senate Joint Memorial 8005, to name SR 117 from US 101 to Marine Drive in Port Angeles the “POW/MIA Memorial Highway.”
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. The commission will be meeting in Walla Walla, Colville, and Bothell later this year.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
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