Washington State Transportation Commission Regular Meeting Agenda – July 19-20, 2016

Transportation Building,
Commission Board Room 1D2

310  Maple Park Avenue SE, Olympia, Washington

Please note: All listed times are estimates only and the Commission reserves the right to move agenda items as needed.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Item 1: 8:30

Commission Business

  • Approval of May 17, 2016 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Rate Setting Verbatim Meeting Minutes – Action
  • Approval of May 17, 2016 SR 520 Bridge Rate Setting Verbatim Meeting Minutes – Action
  • Approval of June 15, 2016 Vancouver Meeting summary – Action
  • Commissioner Reports

Item 2: 8:50

Utility Rate Review and Approval Process in Washington (pdf 257 kb)

Presenter: David Danner, Chairman, Utilities and Transportation Commission
An overview of how the Utilities and Transportation Commission reviews and determines utility rates for private utilities.

Item 3: 9:20

Tolling Authorities and Toll Setting across the United States

Presenter: Paul Parker, Deputy Director, WSTC
An overview of how toll authorities in other states set tolls and tolling policy.

Item 4: 9:50

Puget Sound Regional Council 2016 Travel Trends Update (pdf 2 mb)

Presenter: Craig Helmann, Program Manager, Puget Sound Regional Council
An overview of individual and household travel trends in the Puget Sound region and changes in travel behavior over time.

Break: 10:40

Item 5: 10:50

Commission Business (continued)

  • 2016 Annual Report: Process and Subcommittee – Action
  • 2017 Meeting Calendar and Locations – Action
  • Retreat Agenda – Action

Item 6: 11:20

Celebrating the Gray Notebook (pdf 2 mb)

Presenter: Daniela Bremmer, Director, Strategic Assessment & Performance Analysis, WSDOT

Recognition of 15 years of The Gray Notebook, WSDOT’s award winning quarterly report on performance measurement and analysis.

Item 7: 11:50

Public Comment 

Lunch Break: 12:00

Item 8: 1:00

I-405 Express Toll Lanes Rate Setting Final Hearing – Action (pdf 394 kb)

Presenter: Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, WSTC

Final hearing to adopt proposed changes to the hours of operation for tolling on the I-405 Express Toll Lanes.

Item 9: 1:30

Tolling Update

Presenter: Patty Rubstello, Assistant Secretary, Toll Division, WSDOT
Topics covered in this update will include the most recent I-405 Express Toll Lanes performance, the SR 167 HOT Lane extension project, and the toll division’s quarterly report to the legislature on the civil penalty process for toll violations, the Customer Service Center procurement, and use of tolling consultants.

Break: 3:00

Item 10: 3:15

2016 Ferry Riders’ Opinion Group Reports

Presenters: Bill Young, Research Assurance
The briefing will cover the results from three surveys conducted by the WSTC during the first half of 2016: the WSF Winter Performance Survey, the General Public Attitude Survey, and the Freight Usage Survey.

Item 11: 4:15

Commission Business (continued)

  • 2017-19 Budget Preparations

Presenter: Reema Griffith, Executive Director, WSTC
Paul Parker, Deputy Director, WSTC

Adjourn: 5:00

Commissioner’s Dinner – Oly Rockfish Grill, Olympia: 5:30

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Item 12: 8:30

Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Plan (pdf 1 mb)

Presenter: Robert Hodgman, Senior Aviation Planner, Aviation Division, WSDOT
WSDOT will present the final draft of the State Aviation Plan prior to adoption. It is a building block to be incorporated into the long-range statewide transportation plan (WTP) update.

Item 13: 9:30

Sea-Tac Airport Expansion (pdf 1 mb)

Presenter: Elizabeth Leavitt, Senior Director of Environment & Sustainability, Port of Seattle

Sea-Tac International Airport was the fastest-growing major airport in the country in 2015. An expansion plan is under development to increase capacity including more gates and terminal space, and restructuring passenger pick-up and drop-off.  

Break: 10:15

Item 14: 10:30

Washington State Department of Transportation Employee Safety (pdf 233 kb)

Presenters: Roger Millar, Acting Secretary, WSDOT
Kris Rietmann, Communications Deputy Director, WSDOT

Item 15: 11:00

State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project Update (pdf 979 kb)

Presenter: Patty Rubstello, Assistant Secretary, Toll Division, WSDOT
To prepare for future toll-setting work on the SR 99 AWV Replacement Project, the Commission will review the tolling model for SR 99 currently under development, the assumptions for that model, and the context for those assumptions, including a description of the project; how the project will function compared with the existing SR 99; prior and current tolling analysis on the project; and next steps on SR 99 tolling scenarios.

Item 16: 11:45

Public Comment

Adjourn: 12:00

(The Commission reserves the right to take action on any item during the Commission Meeting and may make adjustments to the order of the agenda items as well as the time of adjournment.)

All Transportation Commission and Committee meetings are open to the public.


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Title VI Notice to Public

It is WSTC’s policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its federally funded programs and activities. Any person who believes his/her Title VI protection has been violated, may file a complaint with WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact OEO’s Title VI Coordinator 360-705-7082.