Washington State Transportation Commission Regular Meeting Agenda – April 17-18, 2018

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.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Item 1: 9:00 am

WSF Long-Range Plan and Operational Strategies

Washington State ferries (WSF) is updating its 20-year system plan.  This briefing will outline the process and the legislative criteria for the update and begin the Commssions review of WSF operational strategies. 

WSF Ferries 2040 Long Range Plan (pdf 600 kb)

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

Break: 10:30

Item 2: 10:45

Cross Sound Tunnel

Norway, Japan, and other nations have successfully pioneered deep tunnels that allow vehicles to traverse large bodies of water.  This informational presentation contemplates how this might work in the Puget Sound.

Cross Sound Travel (pdf 19 mb)

Presenter: Bob Ortblad, P.E.
Item 3: 11:20

Commission Business

  • Approval of March 14, 2018 Meeting Summary – Action
  • Commissioner Reports
  • Draft Ballard Locks Funding Letter – Action
  • August 2018 West Coast Commission Meeting

Item 4: 11:45

Performance Measurement Review

In 2016, the Legislature directed Office of Financial Management to consult with the Commission on transportation performance measures that ensure progress toward accomplishment of the transportation policy goals in RCW 47.04.280.  This briefing will begin review of the current measures. 

Presenters: Paul Parker, Deputy Director, WSTC

Dean Carlson, Senior Budget Analyst, Office of Financial Management

Lunch: 12:00 pm

Item 5: 1:00

Secretary’s Report

Presenter: Roger Millar, Secretary, WSDOT

Item 6: 1:15

SR 520 Bridge Certificate

The Office of State Treasurer and WSDOT have certified that current tolls and policies on the SR-520 will generate adequate revenue for FY 2019.

SR 520 Certificate of the Treasurer’s Representative (pdf 433 kb)

Presenter: Jason Richter, Deputy Treasurer, Debt Management, Office of the State Treasurer

Item  7: 1:25

SR 99 Tunnel Financial Planning

The deep bore tunnel that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct is nearing completion.  The Office of State Treasurer, Commission staff, and WSDOT will discuss financing criteria and requirements for the tunnel given bonds have been issued to finance the project. 

SR 99 Discussion
 (pdf 649 kb)
Debt 101 (pdf 425 kb)

Presenters: Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, WSTC

Jason Richter, Deputy Treasurer, Debt Management, Office of the State Treasurer

Item 8: 2:00

SR 99 Toll Setting Scenarios    

The Commission will zero in on refined SR 99 toll rate options that meet requirements in law including raising up to $200 million towards the project’s construction costs.

SR 99 Toll Options
 (pdf 253 kb)
SR 99 Schedule Finance Assumptions
 (pdf 333 kb)
SR 99 Tunnel Toll Rate Setting (pdf 2 mb)

Presenters: Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, WSTC
Brent Baker, Vice President, WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff

Break: 3:00

Item 9: 3:15

Statewide Toll Exemptions and Fees

The Commission will review existing toll exemptions and fees, which vary by facility, and discuss how to move toward more uniform rules across all tolled facilities.

Exemptions and Fees

 (pdf 147 kb)
TNB Exemptions

 (pdf 182 kb)

Presenters: Rob Fellows, Manager, Policy & Planning, WSDOT

Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, WSTC

Item 10: 4:00

WTP Update

The Washington Transportation Plan (WTP) establishes a 20-year vision for development of the statewide transportation system.  This progress report on the WTP update will focus on plan development, design, and outreach.  The WTP is to be adopted in December 2018.

WTP Update
 (pdf 1 mb)

Presenters: Thera Black, Transportation Planning Manager, SCJ Alliance
Paul Parker, Deputy Director, WSTC

Item 11: 4:45

Public Comment

Adjourn: 5:00

Commission Dinner: 5:30
Swing Cafe

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Item 12: 9:00 am

Commission 2018-19 Work-Plan

The Commission will review and discuss the activities and projects in the Commissions work-plan through June 30, 2019

Presenters: Reema Griffith, Executive Director, WSTC

Paul Parker, Deputy Director, WSTC

Item 13: 9:40

Autonomous Vehicle Workgroup

The Legislature has directed the commission to convene a workgroup to develop policy recommendations to address the operation of Autonomous Vehicles on public roadways in the state.  The Executive Director will brief the Commission on next steps.

Presenter: Reema Griffith, Executive Director, WSTC

Item 14: 10:00

Road Usage Charge Pilot Update

The Road Usage Charge Pilot Project is now in its second month.  This update will include information on how the pilot is running, the make-up of the participants across the state, and the mileage reporting options that they have chosen.

Road Usage Charge Pilot Update
 (pdf 14 mb)

Presenter: Jeff Doyle, Partner, D’Artagnan

Break: 10:45
Item 15: 11:00

SR 99 Toll Setting

Following the briefing and discussion at yesterday’s meeting, the Commission will determine the need for additional analysis of toll rate options and affirm what existing rate options are viable to move forward for public review – Action

SR 99 Public Input Meeting Schedule
 (pdf 156 kb)

Presenter: Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, WSDOT

Item 16: 11:45

Reflections and Recommendations

Adjourn: 12:00 pm


(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.