Washington State Transportation Commission – Regular Meeting Agenda – November 15, 2017

Spokane Valley City Hall
Council Chambers
10210 E Sprague Avenue
Spokane Valley, WA 

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


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Item 1: 9:00 am

Chairman Welcome and Introductions

Presenter: Rod Higgins, Mayor, City of Spokane Valley

Item 2: 9:05

Commission Business

  • 2018 Meeting Dates – Action
  • HB 1490 Recommendation

Item 3: 9:15

Transportation 101

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

Transportation 101 (pdf 2 mb)

Presenter: Paul Parker, Deputy Director, WSTC

Item 4: 9:30

Spokane Regional Transportation Issues:  The Big Picture

Transportation needs in and around Spokane county vary significantly between the urban and rural areas, and include major freight movement by truck and rail across state lines.  Mobility and public safety are major challenges.

Spokane Regional Transportation Council (pdf 3 mb)

Presenter: Sabrina Minshall, Executive Director, Spokane Regional Transportation Council

Item 5: 9:40

City Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Information and perspectives on transportation from cities in the Spokane Valley region.

City of Spokane Valley Economic Development (pdf 2 mb)
City of Liberty Lake (pdf 202 kb)

Presenters: John Hohman, Deputy City Manager, City of Spokane Valley
Mike Basinger, Economic Development Manager, City of Spokane Valley
Brandon Blakenagel, Senior Engineer, City of Spokane
Andrew Staples, P.E., City Manager, City of Liberty Lake
Katy Allen, City Administrator, City of Liberty Lake

Item 6: 10:35

Small City Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Information and perspectives on transportation from small cities in the Spokane County.

Small City Transportation (pdf 3 mb)

Presenters: Mike Ulrich, Senior Transportation Planner, Spokane Regional Transportation Council
Roger Krieger, Community Service Director, City of Deer Park
Tom Richardson, City Planner, City of Millwood

Break: 10:45

Item 7: 11:00

County Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Information and perspectives on transportation from Spokane County.

Bigelow Gulch Forker Road Corridor (pdf 1 mb)

Presenter: Matt Zarecor, P.E., Assistant County Engineer, Spokane County

Item 8: 11:15

Public Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Information on transit, special needs transportation, and passenger train service in Spokane County.

Spokane Transit Moving Forward (pdf 2 mb)
Passenger Rail Service in Washington State (pdf 748 kb)

Presenters: Brandon Rapez-Betty, Customer & Community Relations Manager
Rob Eaton, Director, Government Affairs – West, Amtrak

Lunch Break: 12:00 pm

Item 9: 1:00

Tribal Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Information and perspectives on transportation from the Spokane Tribe. 

Presenter: Mike Tedesco, Spokane Tribe

Item 10: 1:15

Freight Rail Challenges and Opportunities

Spokane and railroads grew together.  While rail traffic continues to be a major factor in the economy and in transportation patterns, multiple global and national factors impact railroad business models.

BNSF Freight Rail Challenges and Opportunities (pdf 3 mb)

Presenter: Johan Hellman, Executive Director, State Government Affairs PNW Region, BNSF Railroad

Item 11: 1:45

Economic Development and Transportation

Transportation is essential for economic development in the Inland Empire. New efforts at economic vitality require access, mobility, and reliable options.

Spokane International Airport (pdf 4 mb)
The Power of Travel (pdf 2 mb)
Transportation and Economic Development (pdf 542 kb)

Presenters: Cheryl Stewart, Executive Director, Inland NW AGC
Cheryl Kilday, President & CEO, Spokane Visitor Center
Larry Krauter, CEO, Spokane Airports

Break: 2:45

Item 12: 3:00

Naming SR 27 Honoring Sam Strahan

Ami Strahan – Action
Brad Miller

Item 13: 3:20

Mobility and Healthy Communities

Travel choices impact our health and environmental quality.  Communities are working to improve and expand walking and bicycling as travel options. 

City of Spokane Valley (pdf 853 kb)

Presenter: Heleen Dewey, Health Program Specialist, Spokane Regional Health District

Item 14: 3:40

WSDOT Regional Projects and Perspectives

State transportation facilities and programs, from highways to rail, are essential to mobility, livability, and emergency response.

Eastern Region Update (pdf 1 mb)

Presenter: Mike Gribner, Eastern Region Administrator, WSDOT

Item 15: 4:10

Looking Ahead

The Spokane region is growing in many ways throughout the county, from urban density in downtown Spokane, to new outlying neighborhoods, including new travel options whether traveling by plane, bus, and bicycle, Spokane Regional Transportation Council is planning for many different futures.

Presenters: Tom Trulove, Chair, Spokane Regional Transportation Council
Sabrina Minshall, Executive Director, Spokane Regional Transportation Council

Item 16: 4:30

Public Comment

Item 17: 4:45

Reflections and Next Steps

Adjourn: 5:00

(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.


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.