Washington State Transportation Commission Regular Meeting Agenda – October 18-19, 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.

printable adobe acrobat version of this agenda. (pdf 264 kb)


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Item 1: 9:00

Commission Business

  • Approval of September 21, 2016 Meeting Summary – Action
  • Commissioner Reports
  • Commission Team Reports
  • 2016 Commission Budget Report
  • 2016 Annual Report

Item 2: 10:00

Federal Guidance on Autonomous Vehicles (pdf 391 kb)

Presenter: Paul Parker, Deputy Director, WSTC

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a guidance document in September on the design of automated vehicles. Staff will provide an overview of the federal guidance and subsequent developments by states and the auto industry.

Break: 10:15

Item 3: 10:30

Washington Transportation Plan Update

Presenters: Kerri Woehler, Director, Multi-Modal Planning, WSDOT
Richard Warren, Project Manager, Multi-Modal Planning, WSDOT

WSDOT is leading a collaborative effort to complete update of the statewide long-range transportation plan. This update will address the recommended focus areas, and engagement with the WTP Advisory Group and WSDOT modal and operational staff.

Item 4: 11:30

Naming I-5 “Boulevard of Remembrance” – Action

Presenters: Representative Dick Muri, Washington State House of Representatives
Representative Christine Kilduff, Washington State House of Representatives

Nearly 90 years ago, 500 oak trees were planted on Pacific Highway near Ft. Lewis to commemorate those who served in WW I. The Commission will take action on Resolution 730, designating the corridor the “Boulevard of Remembrance.”

Lunch Break 12:00

Item 5: 1:00

Park and Ride Access

Presenters: Amy Scarton, Assistant Secretary, Community & Economic Development, WSDOT
Alex Krieg, Senior Planner, Puget Sound Regional Council
Rachel Wilch, Transportation Planner, Sound Transit
Dan Rowe, Senior Transportation Planner, King County Metro

As congestion increases on roadways in the Central Puget Sound, access to transit also can be a challenge due to limited space at many Park -and-Ride lots. The challenges have been part of a regional discussion and new approaches to parking and transit access underway.

Break 2:15

Item 6: 2:30

Department of Licensing Update

Presenter: Tony Sermonti, Government Relation Director, Department Licensing

  • Washington’s New Driver Licensing Exam
  • Business and Technology Modernization Project

The Department of Licensing has updated the driver licensing exam to reflect changes in technology and behavior, and also is updating its business systems. This briefing will focus on how these changes will impact traffic safety today and transportation funding options in the future.

Item 7: 3:15

Target Zero and the Pedestrian Safety Initiative (pdf 1 mb)

Presenter: Shelly Baldwin, Legislative and Media Relations Manager, Traffic Safety Commission

The latest update to the statewide traffic safety plan is complete. This briefing will address its new and ongoing focus on pedestrian safety.

Item 8: 4:15

Public Comment 

Item 9: 4:30

WSDOT Memorial Foundation (pdf 842 kb)

Presenter: Greg Selstead, President, WSDOT Memorial Foundation

Worker safety is paramount at WSDOT, but when a serious injury or fatality occurs on the job, the WSDOT Memorial Foundation is ready to help.

Adjourn: 5:00

Commissioner’s Dinner – Mercato Ristorante, Olympia: 5:30


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Item 10: 8:30

WSDOT Secretary’s Report (pdf 546 kb)

Presenter: Roger Millar, Secretary, WSDOT

Item 11: 9:00

FROG Reservation Survey Report

Presenter: Bill Young, Project Manager, Research Assurance

Support for the Washington State Ferries’ vehicle reservation system is growing, but attitudes toward it continue to vary by route. This briefing on the 2016 survey compares and contrasts views among the ridership.

Break 10:15

Item 12: 10:30

Commission Business

Presenter: Ray Deardorf, Planning Manager, Community Services and Planning, Washington State Ferries, WSDOT

The Commission is asked to act upon a request for reduced ferry fares for participants in an apprenticeship program.

Item 13: 11:00

Tolling Report

Presenter: Patty Rubstello, Assistant Secretary, Toll Division, WSDOT

WSDOT is refining its process to select new vendors for managing the tolling customer services. This briefing will explain next steps and opportunities for input from the Commission.

Item 14: 11:15

Public Comment 

Adjourn: 11:30


(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

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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.