20-Year Transportation Plan and 'road usage charge' topics for Transportation Commission meeting, June 17-18
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: June 12, 2014
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA – The future of the transportation system statewide for the next 20 years will be discussed at the Washington State Transportation Commission’s meeting next week in Olympia. In addition, commissioners will talk about the next steps of the Road Usage Charge Assessment which the commission has led for two years, under direction from the State Legislature. To date, the assessment has concluded that a road usage charge is feasible and could potentially generate enough revenue to replace the gas tax in the future.
The meeting starts 9 a.m. each day, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17 and 18, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled at the end of each day.
On Tuesday, the commission will hold a work session on the next steps in the multi-year effort assessing whether and how the state should implement a “road usage charge.” This is a funding mechanism in which drivers would be charged for their miles driven rather than by a gas tax based on the gallons of gas purchased. The 2014 Legislature directed the commission and a broad-based steering committee to further develop how a road usage charge system could operate and how implementation could be phased.
Tuesday afternoon, the commission will review a working draft of the Washington Transportation Plan. WTP 2035 establishes the 20-year path for transportation in our state, guiding future investments and policies, and addressing all modes including transit, roads, ferries, rail, aviation, and sidewalks. After review and refinement, the commission will release the draft plan for public comment from early July through late September. It will submit the final WTP 2035 to the Governor and Legislature by the end of the year.
The commission also will receive a briefing on the Human Services Transportation Plan, which provides a framework for numerous transportation programs serving populations as disparate as disabled veterans, homeless schoolchildren, and the elderly. The growing needs and mandates to serve these populations are a major challenge to address in long-range transportation planning.
Sessions on Wednesday morning include a briefing on freight trends and recommendations from the Freight Policy Advisory Committee and a report from the State Auditor’s Office on its forensic audit of expenditures related to the Columbia River Crossing.
On Wednesday afternoon, the commission will receive a briefing from the State Treasurer on the state debt status. The commission also will learn about aviation needs and investments that will inform WTP 2035.
For more information about the Commission and complete meeting agendas, visit the Transportation Commission’s Web site at: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/
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