Bi-state and Palouse transportation issues the focus of State Transportation Commission meeting, April 16
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: April 8, 2014
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
PULLMAN – The Washington State Transportation Commission will be in Pullman next week to meet with local officials and businesses to learn about the region’s transportation issues and challenges. The commission will also hold a joint meeting with the Idaho Transportation Board in Pullman to discuss transportation issues of bi-state interest.
The meetings take place Wednesday, April 16, at City Council Chambers, Pullman City Hall, 325 SE Paradise Street. The meeting on local and regional transportation issues begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 2:45 p.m., followed by the joint meeting with the Idaho Transportation Board from 3 to 5 p.m. The meetings are open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
The 9 a.m. meeting features a series of short presentations on successes and challenges, future plans and needs for transportation in Pullman, Colfax and Whitman County. Topics include street and road conditions, port activities, public transportation services and needs, and efforts underway to stimulate the local and regional economy. A panel discussion will focus on the connections between agriculture and transportation, and a presentation will be given by Washington State University on the transportation challenges it faces. In addition, the commission plans to take action on tolls for the SR 520 bridge, affirming a 2.5 percent increase that was part of the tolling plan adopted in 2011.
During the afternoon meeting with the Idaho Transportation Board, the mayors of Pullman and Moscow will head a panel, which includes the airport executive director, to present the needs and plans for a runway realignment for the Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport. In the concluding presentation of the day, the ports of Clarkston, Lewiston, and Whitman will brief the commissioners on the challenges and successes of transporting goods on the Columbia-Snake river system.
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 also will be meeting in Bellingham, Ellensburg and Lakewood later this year.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
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