Washington State Transportation Commission Local Meeting Agenda – September 21, 2016

Kennewick City Hall
Council Chambers
210 W 6th Avenue, Kennewick, 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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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Item 1: 9:00

Chairman Welcome and Introductions

Item 2: 9:05

Commission Business

  • Approval of July 19 & 20, 2016 Olympia Meeting Summary – Action
  • Approval of July 19, 2016, I-405 Express Toll Lanes Final Hearing Verbatim Meeting Minutes – Action
  • Election of New Chair – Action
  • Election of New Vice Chair – Action

Item 3: 9:10

Transportation 101

Presenter: Paul Parker, Deputy Director, WSTC

An overview of the fiscal and policy framework of the statewide transportation system.

Item 4: 9:25

Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes in the Tri-Cities Region

Presenters: Brian Malley, Executive Director, Benton-Franklin Council of Governments
Asja Suljic, Regional Labor Economist, Department of Employment Security

Tanna Dole, Transportation Programs Manager, Benton-Franklin Council of Governments

The Tri-Cities region is growing rapidly and evolving as an urban center for the 21st century.

Item 5: 9:50

Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes in the Tri-Cities Urbanized Area

Presenters: Steve Young, Mayor, City of Kennewick

Bob Thompson, Mayor, City of Richland

Dave Zabell, City Manager, City of Pasco

Mobility, livability, and commerce in a growing evolving urban environment.

Break: 10:45

Item 6: 11:00

Rural Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Presenters: Jerome Delvin, Benton County Commissionera
Bob Koch, Franklin County Commissioner
Matt Rasmussen, County Engineer, Benton County
Matt Mahoney, County Engineer, Franklin County

All-weather roads, freight, connectivity, and funding challenges in the rural environment.

Item 7: 11:30

Public Transportation Issues, Challenges and Accomplishments

Presenters: Gloria Boyce, General Manager, Ben Franklin Transit

Transit, special needs transportation, vanpools, and passenger train service in the Tri-Cities.

Lunch: 12:00

Item 8: 1:00

Public Ports, Transportation and Economic Vitality

Presenters: Skip Novakovich, Commission President, Port of Kennewick

  • Port of Kennewick

Randy Hayden, Executive Director, Port of Pasco

Diahann Howard, Director of Economic Development & Government Affairs, Port of Benton

Information and perspectives from regional ports on topics including freight movement, air transportation, recreational, and economic development.

Item 9: 2:00

Public and Private Partners for Transportation, Tourism and Economic Vitality

Presenters: Moderator, Stephanie Seamans, Economic Development Manager, Benton-Franklin Council of Governments
Logistics and Distribution:
Carl Adrian, President, Tri-City Development Council
Colin Hastings, Executive Director, Pasco Chamber of Commerce
Manhattan Project National Park, and Tri-Cities Wayfinding Efforts:
Kim Shugart, Sr. Vice President, Visit Tri-Cities

Higher Education Expansion:
Dr. John Mancinelli, Chief of Staff, WSU Tri-Cities
Richard Cummins, President, Columbia Basin College

Public and private sector leaders talk about how air, water, and surface transportation infrastructure impacts economic opportunities in the Tri-Cities area.

Break: 3:15

Item 10: 3:30

Transportation and Healthy Communities

Presenters: Dr. Amy Person, Health Officer, Benton Franklin

Robin Rego, Generation Project Development Manager, Energy Northwest

  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Transportation Alliance

Travel choices impact our health and environmental quality. Communities are working to improve and expand walking and bicycling as travel options and reduce vehicle emissions. Energy Northwest and the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Transportation Alliance plans to increase use of electric cars in Eastern Washington.

Item 11: 4:00

Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Projects and Perspectives

Presenter: Todd Trepanier, South Central Region Administrator, WSDOT

State transportation facilities and programs, from highways to rail, connect the Tri-Cities with the nation and world. Hear about what is happening within WSDOT’s South Central Region.

Item 12: 4:30

Looking Ahead

Presenter: Brian Malley, Executive Director, Benton-Franklin Council of Governments

Item 13: 4:45

Public Comment 

Adjourn: 5:00

Commissioner Dinner 6:30


(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.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information

Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodations by contacting the event sponsor (Commission Office at (360) 705-7070). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the event sponsor through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

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.