Transportation Commission to focus on transportation safety and ferry reservation system survey, Oct. 18-19
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: October 12, 2016
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA – The state’s transportation safety plan, pedestrian safety, and the results of a Ferry Riders’ Opinion Group survey on Washington State Ferries’ vehicle reservation system will be discussed at the State Transportation Commission meeting next week in Olympia.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18 and at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. This meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during public comment periods at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday and at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Tuesday’s meeting begins with a progress report from the Washington State Department of Transportation on its update of the statewide long-range transportation plan. At 11:30 a.m. the commission will take action on a request to name Interstate 5 in the vicinity of Joint Base Lewis-McChord the “Boulevard of Remembrance,” recognizing those who served in World War I and the remaining oak trees planted in their memory nearly 90 years ago.
During the afternoon, the commission will follow up on reports of crowded Park and Ride facilities in the metro Seattle area. Commissioners will learn about new initiatives being considered to improve access to public transportation, including reserved carpool parking at some facilities. The Traffic Safety Commission also will brief the commission on changes to Target Zero, the transportation safety plan, including its growing emphasis on pedestrian safety, and the Department of Licensing will discuss the changes to the driver’s licensing exam and other improvements to its licensing system.
Tuesday’s meeting concludes with a presentation from the WSDOT Memorial Foundation, which assists employees who are disabled in work zone incidents, surviving spouses and children of fallen workers, and employees experiencing medical or other emergencies. Since 2010, the WSDOT Memorial Foundation has provided nearly $120,000 in financial assistance to WSDOT employees and their families, including scholarships for employees or dependent children.
Wednesday morning, the commission will learn the results of a survey on the ferry reservation system conducted this summer through the 24,000-member Ferry Riders’ Opinion Group (FROG) survey panel. The FROG survey revealed growing customer satisfaction with the vehicle reservation system used for ferry service in the San Juan Islands and between Pt. Townsend and Coupeville.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/