Washington State Transportation Commission Regular Meeting Agenda – May 16, 2018

Yakima City Hall
Council Chambers
129 N 2nd – Yakima, WA

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


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Item 1: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Item 2: 9:05

Commission Business

Approval of April 17 & 18 Meeting Summary – Action

Item 3: 9:10

Transportation 101

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

Transportation 101 (pdf 1 mb)

Presenter: Paul Parker, Deputy Director, WSTC

Item 4: 9:25

Yakima Regional Transportation Issues:  The Big Picture

Yakima County transportation needs vary significantly between the urban and rural areas, agricultural freight movement is important throughout the county.  Public safety is also a major challenge.

Presenters: Jim Restucci, Chair, Yakima Valley Council of Governments
Larry Mattson, Executive Director, Yakima Valley Council of Governments

Item 5: 9:40

City Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Information and perspectives on transportation from the City of Yakima and cities in the Upper and Lower Yakima Valley.

Presenters: Scott Schafer, Public Works Director, City of Yakima
Rob Peterson, Director, Yakima Air Terminal
Joe Henne, Public Works Director, City of Selah
Arlene Fisher, City Manager, City of Union Gap
Lance Hoyt, City Manager, City of Toppenish
Ben Annen, HLA Engineering, City of Zillah

City of Yakima (pdf 3 mb)
City of Zillah (pdf 2 mb)
Yakima Air Terminal (pdf 2 mb)

Break: 10:45

Item 6: 11:00

County Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Information and perspectives from Yakima County.

Presenter: Matt Pietrusiewicz, P.E., County Engineer, Yakima County

Item 7: 11:25

Public Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Perspectives on transit and special needs transportation in Yakima County.

Presenters: Alvie Maxey, Manager, Yakima Transit
Dennis Henne, Public Works Director City Union Gap, Union Gap Transit
Joe Henne, Public Works Director, City of Selah, Selah Transit
Karen Cunningham, Pahto Passage
Madelyn Carlson, People For People

People for People (pdf 546 kb)

Item 8: 11:50

Yakama Nation Transportation

Economic development and safety are transportation priorities for the Yakama Nation

Presenter: Karen Cunningham, Economic Development Director, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.

Item 9: 1:00

Commission Business

  • Revision of Toll Exemptions and Fees – ACTION

Presenter: Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst

WAC 270 Draft (pdf 258 kb)
Before and After Exemptions (pdf 38 kb)

Item 10: 1:30

East-West Corridor and Cascade Mill Redevelopment

The City of Yakima is pursing a major brownfields redevelopment at the site of the former Cascade Mill.  The city, Yakima County, and the state are collaborating on transportation improvements connected with the redevelopment. 

Cascade Mill District (pdf 36 kb)
New East West Corridor Connector (pdf 2 mb)

Presenters: Brett Sheffield, Chief Engineer, City of Yakima
Matt Pietrusiewicz, P.E., County Engineer, Yakima County
Brian White, Assistant Regional Administrator, South Central Region, WSDOT

Item 11: 2:00

Economic Development and Transportation

Transportation is an essential component of economic vitality in the Yakima Valley. Agriculture, tourism, and industry require access, mobility, and reliable options. 

Presenters: Jonathan Smith, Yakima County Development Association
Jim Sewell, Commissioner, Port of Grandview
Jay Hester, Executive Director, Port of Sunnyside
John Cooper, President and CEO, Yakima Valley Tourism

Break: 3:00

Item 12: 3:15

Mobility and Healthy Communities

Travel choices affect our health and environmental quality.  Communities in Yakima County are working to improve and expand walking and bicycling as travel options.

Presenters: Kellie Connaughton, Executive Director, Yakima Greenway
Elissa Southward, Community Health Supervisor, Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital

Item 13: 3:45

WSDOT Regional Projects and Perspectives

State transportation facilities and programs are essential to mobility, economic vitality and livability. 

Presenters: Todd Trepainier, Administrator, South Central Region, WSDOT
Brian White, Assistant Regional Administrator, South Central Region, WSDOT

WSDOT South Central Region Update (pdf 9 mb)

Item 14: 4:10

Looking Ahead

The Yakima region is growing in many ways throughout the county.  The Yakima Valley Council of Governments is planning for different urban and rural futures. 

Presenter: Larry Mattson, Executive Director Yakima Valley Council of Governments

Item 15: 4:30

Public Comment

Item 16: 4:45

Reflections and Next Steps

Adjourn: 5:00

Next Meeting
June 20, 2018
Walla Walla Washington


(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.