Commission starts collaborative work to determine what state's transportation system looks like in 2035
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: January 9, 2014
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission, working in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Transportation and the state’s 14 regional transportation planning organizations, has begun the process of updating the statewide Washington Transportation Plan (WTP), which sets the direction for our state’s transportation system.
Once completed, WTP 2035 will establish a comprehensive, 20-year vision for our transportation system statewide, including state highways and ferries; sidewalks and bike paths; county roads and city streets; public transit, air and rail. The plan will identify significant statewide transportation issues and recommend transportation policies and strategies to the Legislature and Governor. The commission expects to adopt the updated WTP 2035 in December 2014 and will transmit it to the Legislature and Governor.
A broad-based, 23-member advisory group is assisting the commission in updating the current WTP and met this week to kick off the effort. The WTP Advisory Group is made up of a diverse cross-section of state and local agencies, tribal governments, associations and stakeholder groups with a vested interest in how transportation connects and supports Washington communities. Advisory group meetings are open to the public.
WTP 2035 will be based upon the following transportation policy goals established in law by the Legislature:
- PRESERVATION: To maintain, preserve and extend the life and utility of prior investments in transportation systems and services.
- SAFETY: To provide for and improve the safety and security of transportation customers and the transportation system.
- MOBILITY: To improve the predictable movement of goods and people throughout Washington state.
- ENVIRONMENT: To enhance Washington’s quality of life through transportation investments that promote energy conservation, enhance healthy communities and protect the environment.
- STEWARDSHIP: To continuously improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the transportation system.
- ECONOMIC VITALITY: To promote and develop transportation systems that stimulate, support and enhance the movement of people and goods to ensure a prosperous economy.
A draft plan will go out for public review and comment this summer. A WTP 2035 website will also be available soon and provide greater detail on the plan, the update process and progress.
More information about the Commission and the WTP is available at http://www.wstc.wa.gov.