Central Puget Sound and ferry fares topics for State Transportation Commission meeting, May 19 & 20
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: May 14, 2015
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA – Transportation trends in the Central Puget Sound area, where 3.8 million residents make up more than half the state’s entire population, will be among the topics of discussion when the Washington State Transportation Commission meets next week in Olympia. The commission also will talk about possible changes to ferry fares and policies.
The meeting starts 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 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 periods at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday and 11:45 a.m., Wednesday.
The commission will kick off its meeting Tuesday by taking action on Senate Joint Memorial 8012. The Memorial requests the commission to name a portion of US 101 as the North Olympic Peninsula Medal of Honor Memorial Highway, honoring the four Medal of Honor recipients from that area. Also Tuesday morning, the commission will receive briefings on the development of the state public transportation plan and the recently completed 2015 ferry riders’ opinion group survey, based on ferry riders’ evaluation of Washington State Ferries’ performance and service.
The afternoon session begins with a briefing by the Washington State Department of Transportation on its outreach work to inform the public of the Interstate 405 express toll lanes that will open in fall 2015. Presentations from Puget Sound Regional Council staff will include results of a 6,000 household travel and activity survey, a report on regional-scale congestion trends for Puget Sound corridors, and the status of transportation improvements within King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
Tuesday’s meeting concludes with a discussion about potential 2015 Washington State Ferries fare setting, policies and operational strategies. This is in light of proposed House and Senate transportation budgets that rely on 2.5 percent fare increases in 2015 and 2016 to offset ferry operating costs. The commission will consider whether and how to encourage more people to walk or bike onto ferries.
Wednesday’s agenda includes a briefing from the Port of Seattle on its proposed Sea-Tac sustainable airport master plan and an overview by WSDOT of the Tacoma Interstate 5 HOV project currently underway. The meeting concludes with a report on the emergence of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles and their impact on transportation revenue forecasts.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
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