California, Oregon and Washington Transportation Commissions set to meet June 17 in Portland
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: June 9, 2016
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
PORTLAND – In the face of unprecedented transportation funding challenges, transportation commissions from Washington, Oregon and California are convening this month in Portland, Oregon, to discuss strategies for improving their respective state transportation systems.
The joint meeting, which is open to the public, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at the Oregon Department of Transportation Region 1 Office, 123 NW Flanders, in Portland.
The meeting will include a focus on efforts already underway to address current and anticipated gas tax revenue declines. The West Coast states lead the nation in developing mileage based user fee programs as an alternative funding source to replace the gas tax, given the growing fuel efficiency of cars and trucks. Oregon is the first state in the nation to implement a mileage based user fee, also referred to as a road usage charge. California will begin a pilot project this summer and Washington is preparing to soon implement its own pilot project.
The three commissions also will learn how each state is preparing and protecting transportation infrastructure from seismic events, and the role transportation agencies play in disaster response and recovery.
Looking to the future, commissioners will hear from industry experts on the strides being made in vehicle technology and alternative fuel development. Discussions will focus on what these advancements mean for the future of transportation, and how people and goods are moved within and across states.
Finally, freight leaders will address the commissions on goods movement issues along the major interstate corridors within the three states. The 2015 federal FAST Act provided funding to states to improve and expand highway freight systems, and each state will discuss their key programs and efforts underway to improve interstate freight corridors.
For the complete meeting agenda, visit the WSTC’s website at: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/
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