Transportation Commission to focus on Tri-Cities' transportation issues in Kennewick, Sept. 21
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: September 14, 2016
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
KENNEWICK – Local officials and community leaders will meet with the Washington State Transportation Commission next week and share their perspectives on the area’s transportation issues, challenges and successes.
The meeting begins 9 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Council Chambers, Kennewick City Hall, 210 W 6th Ave., Kennewick. 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 future plans and transportation needs in the Tri-Cities. Topics include differing transportation needs in urban versus rural areas, state highway preservation and maintenance, and public transportation.
On Wednesday afternoon, two panels will discuss how the region’s air, water, and surface transportation infrastructure affect economic opportunities in the Tri-Cities area. One panel includes representatives from the three area ports; the other represents the business, higher education and tourism sectors.
Another session explores how travel choices impact personal health and the quality of the environment. Dr. Amy Person, health officer for the Benton Franklin Health District, will discuss how Tri-Cities communities are working to improve and expand walking and bicycling as travel options. Energy Northwest and the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Transportation Alliance will share plans to increase the use of electric cars in eastern Washington. Bicycling, walking, and electric vehicles all help to reduce carbon emissions.
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 met in Moses Lake and Vancouver earlier later this year and will meet in Marysville in November.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/