Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA – After appointing two new members to the Washington State Transportation Commission earlier this month, Gov. Jay Inslee recently appointed Shiv Batra, Mercer Island, to fill the third remaining open seat on the seven-member body.
“Our state is experiencing population growth and a strong economy – it means we’re doing great things that attract great people to Washington, but it also means more demand on our already strained transportation system,” Inslee said. “We must continually assess better ways to move people and goods. Shiv experiences these challenges every day, and has the skill set and expertise to enhance the commission’s work on congestion management and long-term funding sustainability for our statewide transportation system.”
Batra has lived in Washington state for 37 years and currently resides on Mercer Island with his family. He has graduate and post-graduate degrees from the University of Nebraska. He is currently semi-retired, and serves as executive vice president at Tetra Tech Engineering, Inc. Prior to this post, he served as president and CEO of Bellevue based INCA Engineers, Inc. for 25 years, where he played a key role in establishing the company’s impressive reputation in the professional Architectural/ Engineering community.
Batra has been a prominent advocate and active member of the U.S. engineering community for more than three decades. He is a member of numerous professional organizations that serve the engineering and construction industries and has served as president, committee chair, and board member for many of them.
“I have spent my entire life working professionally in the surface transportation and water-borne navigation sector and see all modes of the transportation system as the foundation of our economy and an instrumental part of our lives,” Batra said. “We need good roads, rails, transit and a robust, multimodal transportation system in order to live, play and work. Our region faces great challenge in this regard as we witness increasing population growth, and with that growth, increased congestion. Our future is bright, but we must advance our transportation thinking to evolve and change with our changing population.”
Batra has been successful in promoting adoption of technology advancements, civic participation and professional development activities at the local, regional, national and international levels. He is also very active in many local non-profit organizations, such as the Bellevue Downtown Association, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Eastside Transportation Committee, King County Parks Task Force, King County Transit Task Force and the Puget Sound Regional Council.
The commission is a seven-member body appointed by the governor and is charged with setting toll rates, ferry fares, authoring the state’s 20-year transportation plan, and advising the governor and Legislature on transportation policy and fiscal matters. For more information about the commission, visit: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/