Washington State Transportation Commission Regular Meeting Agenda – March 14, 2018

Puget Sound Regional Council
Board Room
1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA

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


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Item 1: 9:00 am

Welcome and Introductions

Item 2: 9:05

Commission Business

  • Approval of January 17 & 18 and February 13 & 14, 2018 Meeting Summaries – Action

Item 3: 9:10

Transportation 101

Transportation 101 (pdf 1 mb)

Presenter: Paul Parker, Deputy Director, WSTC

Item 4: 9:25

City of Seattle Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

The City of Seattle is not only one of the fastest growing urban centers in the country, it also is in midst of a transformational change in its transportation network. These changes, which are already underway, are wide-ranging from replacing an elevated freeway with a deep tunnel, to improved transit options for public school students.

City of Seattle Transportation (pdf 3 mb)

Presenter: Goran Sparrman, Interim Director, Seattle Department of Transportation

Item 5: 10:00

Mobility Alternatives – Increasing Travel Options in and Around the City

The City, King County Metro, and Sound Transit are collaborating on expanding travel options including a major expansion of public tranportation, including light rail and bus rapid transit, improving walking and bicycling options, and telecommuting.

Mobility Impacts and Opportunities (pdf 709 kb)
New Term Mobility Solutions (pdf 760 kb)

Presenters: Mike Harbour, Deputy Director, Sound Transit
Cristina Van Valkenburgh, Deputy Director Transit and Mobility Division, Seattle Department of Transportation
Paul Roybal, Transportation Planner, King County Metro

Break: 10:40

Item 6: 11:00

King County Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

King County’s Department of Transportation provides a variety of transportation services including roads, public transportation, and park and rides. It also owns and operates King County International Airport/Boeing Field — one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country.

King County Metro (pdf 666 kb)

Presenters: Joe McDermott, Chair, King County Council
Chris Arkills, Government Relations Manager, King County Department of Transportation
Rachel Wilch, Transportation Planner, King County Department of Transportation
Graydon Newman, Transportation Planner, King County Department of Transportation

Item 7: 11:35

Seattle Waterfront Redevelopment

Seattle’s downtown waterfront is in the midst of major change, including improvements planned as part of the City’s Waterfront Seattle Program to be constructed after the tunnel is open and the Alaskan Way Viaduct is demolished. The program spans the waterfront from Pioneer Square to Belltown and supports all modes of travel – work includes the rebuild of the Elliott Bay Seawall, new Alaskan Way And Elliott Way surface streets, a pedestrian promenade, twenty acres of new and improved public spaces and parks, a new ferry terminal, and improved connections between center city neighborhoods and Elliott Bay.

Seattle Waterfront (pdf 8 mb)

Presenter: Angela Brady, PE, Deputy Director, Waterfront Program, City of Seattle

Lunch: 12:00 pm

Item 8: 1:00

Port of Seattle, Waterfront Redevelopment and Freight Movement

The Elliott Bay waterfront continues to be a busy maritime center and a critical link for freight movement between the Port and industrial districts in the city.

Port of Seattle (pdf 2 mb)

Presenter: Geri Poor, Regional Transportation Manager, Port of Seattle

Item 9: 1:25

SR 99 Tunnel Project Update & Toll Setting Process

The deep tunnel that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct is nearing completion. This briefing will highlight next steps. This includes the expected opening date of the tunnel, the Commission’s process to develop toll rates that will raise $200 million toward project construction costs, and discussion of which vehicles are exempt from tolls, moving toward more uniform exception across facilities.

Alaskan Way Viaduct (pdf 1 mb)
SR 99 Tunnel Rate Setting Update (pdf 587 kb)

Presenters: Dave Sowers, SR 99 Deputy Program Administrator, WSDOT
Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, WSTC

Break: 2:15

Item 10: 2:30

Perspectives on Seattle Transportation

Leaders from business and civic organizations share thoughts on the long-term benefits and challenges from the transportation-related changes underway in the greater Seattle area, in the downtown Seattle core, other parts of the city, and regionally.

Major Truck Streets (pdf 3 mb)

Presenters: Jon Scholes, President and CEO, Downtown Seattle Association
Abigail Doerr, Advocacy Director, Transportation Choices
Dave Gering, Executive Director, Manufacturing Industrial Council
Jessyn Farrell, Senior Vice-President, Civic Ventures

Item 11: 3:30

Puget Sound Regional Council Planning

The Puget Sound Regional Council is finalizing an update of its Regional Transportation Plan and beginning work on Vision 2050, a new long-range regional growth plan.

Draft Regional Transportation Plan (pdf 823 kb)
Vision 2050 (pdf 3 mb)

Presenters: Kelly McGourty, Senior Program Manager, Transportation Planning, Puget Sound Regional Council
Paul Inghram, Senior Program Manager, Growth Management Planning, Puget Sound Regional Council

Item 12: 4:10

Public Comment

Item 13: 4:20

Reflections and Next Steps

Adjourn: 4:30


(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.