Spokane regional transportation issues focus of Transportation Commission meeting, June 16
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date:June 10, 2015
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
Special agenda item: Commission initiates ferry fare setting process
SPOKANE – The Washington State Transportation Commission will be in Spokane next week to meet with local officials and businesses to learn about the region’s transportation issues and challenges. The meeting takes place Tuesday, June 16, at Spokane City Hall, Council Chambers, 808 West Spokane Falls Boulevard.
Prior to starting its day of Spokane transportation topics, at 8 a.m. the commission will receive from Washington State Ferries and a representative of the Ferry Advisory Committees recommendations on fare adjustments for the coming two years that will meet legislatively set budget targets. The commission is expected to release a fare proposal based on this input, and will seek public comment on it through July. A final hearing where the commission will adopt the final fare changes will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Seattle. More details on local meetings and the fare setting process will be announced soon.
The meeting on local and regional transportation issues begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. 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 4:45 p.m.
The meeting features a series of short presentations on successes and challenges, future plans and transportation needs in Spokane and the surrounding area. Topics include street and road conditions, aviation, public transportation and tribal transportation. A panel including representatives of the construction industry, tourism and a major manufacturer will discuss how the transportation system both benefits and detracts from economic development in the Spokane area. Another session focuses on movement of freight by rail, including system capacity and improvements by BNSF Railroad and the strategic plan for the state-owned Palouse River and Coulee City Rail 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 throughout the State of Washington. The commission also will be meeting in Seattle, Sunnyside, and Renton later this year.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
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