Washington State Transportation Commission Regular Meeting Agenda – May 16-17, 2017

Transportation Building, Commission Board Room 1D2
310 Maple Park Avenue SE, Olympia, Washington

Meetings are webcast live on TVW.org

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


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Item 1: 9:00 am

Commission Business

  • Approval of April 26, 2017 Meeting Summary-Action
  • Commissioner Reports

Item 2: 9:30

Freight Mobility Plan 2017 Update

Presenters: Ron Pate, Director, Rail, Freight & Ports Division, WSDOT

Jason Beloso, Strategic Planning Manager, Rail, Freight & Ports Division, WSDOT

WSDOT is updating its 2014 Washington State Freight Mobility Plan to ensure compliance with new state and federal planning requirements. It will include a freight system Action plan.

Item 3: 10:15

WTP Phase 2 Action Items

Presenters: Elizabeth Robbins, Planning, Policy, and Partnerships Manager, Multimodal Planning, WSDOT
Richard Warren, Project Manager, Multi- Modal Planning, WSDOT

WSDOT will share the draft Action items and public outreach strategy for the multi-modal state transportation plan, completing the work on WTP 2035 begun by the Transportation Commission.

Break: 10:45

Item 4: 11:00

WSDOT Active Transportation Programs

Presenter: Barb Chamberlain, Director, Active Transportation Division, WSDOT

WSDOT’s new Active Transportation Division to intergrate active modes, including walking and bicycling, at the agency and provide technical services and funding assistance to other public agencies in support of active transportation for health, safety and economic development.

Lunch Break: 12:00 pm

Item 5: 1:00

Secretary Report

Presenter: Keith Metcalf, Deputy Secretary, WSDOT

Item 6: 1:20

State of Security of Current and Future Vehicles in the Next 3-5 Years

Presenters: Charles C. Chen, Council Member, Pacific Northwest Cybersecurity Business Leadership Council, University Of Washington Bothell
Sam Chughtai, Chair, Pacific Northwest Cybersecurity Business Leadership Council, University Washington Bothell
Devin Liddell, Principal Brand Strategist, Teague
Scott MacInnes, Account Manager, Teague
Warren Schramm, Technology Director, Teague

This briefing from innovators and experts in our state will review how technology is changing the way we define “roads” and address future challenges for transportation, including:

  • use of autonomous vehicles (AVs);
  • policy considerations on how cities are “zoned” for AV fleets;
  • technology and cyber security considerations for future roads and sensors; and
  • how the state could harness new technologies.

Break: 3:00

Item 7: 3:15

Overview of 2017-19 Washington State Ferries Fare Proposal

Presenters: Ray Deardorf, Planning Director, Washington State Ferries, WSDOT

Greg Beardsley, Chair, Ferry Advisory Committee – Tariffs

The 2017 – 19 transportation budget anticipates a 2.5 % increase in fare revenue to support WSF operations. The Commission will hear the policy and fare recommendations of WSF and the Ferry Advisory Committee on Tariffs for achieving this revenue target.

Item 8: 4:40

NextGen Orca Options

Presenters: Debbie Young, Commissioner, WSTC

Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, WSTC

The ORCA Joint Board seeks WSF and Commission input on fare structure options for the next generation ORCA system. Puget Sound transit agencies also seek input on participation with the Regional Transfer Program.

Item 9: 4:50

Public Comment

Adjourn: 5:00

Commissioner Dinner 5:30
Ramblin Jacks


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Item 10: 8:00 am

Road Usage Charge Pilot Project Update

Presenter: Jeff Doyle, Partner, D’Artagnan Consulting

The Commission will hear a progress report for the road usage charge pilot project that will begin in early 2018. In light of the growing fuel efficiency of new vehicles, the pilot project will let Washington drivers test the concept of road usage charging as a potential replacement to the gas tax and shape how it could work.

Item 11: 8:30 am

SR 520 Tolling Update

Presenters: Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, WSTC

Svein Braseth, Director, Bond Program, Washington State Treasurer

The Office of the State Treasurer will present certification that the SR 520 Toll Rate Schedule Adjustment taking effect on July 1, 2017 will meet required revenue targets.

Item 12: 8:45

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Financial Options Work Group

Presenter: Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, WSTC

The Commission will discuss preparations for a work group to consider long-term options to minimize Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll increases

Item 13: 9:00

One Center City Seattle’s Transportation

Presenters: Scott Kubly, Director, Seattle Department of Transportation

Victor Obeso, Deputy General Manager, King County Metro

Congestion, population growth, and infrastructure changes, have King County and the City of Seattle developing new mobility strategies for downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.

Break: 9:45

Item 14: 10:00

SR 99 Traffic and Revenue Analysis

Presenters: Patty Rubstello, Assistant Secretary, Toll Division, WSDOT
Steve Abendschein, Senior Planner, Stantec

WSDOT will brief the Commission on the investment-grade traffic and revenue analysis that will inform toll setting in the SR 99 tunnel.

Item 15: 11:30

I 405 Express Toll Lanes Update

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

WSDOT will provide an 18-month report on the Express Toll Lane revenue and operations, including the recent investments to improve traffic flow.

Item 16: 12:00 pm

Public Comment

Item 17: 12:15

Reflections and Next Steps

Adjourn: 12:45


(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.