Washington State Transportation Commission Regular Meeting Agenda – June 20, 2018

Walla Walla City Hall Council Chambers
15 North 3rd Avenue
Walla Walla, Washington

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


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Item 1: 9:00 am

Welcome and Introductions

Presenter:  Barbara Clark, Mayor, City of Walla Walla

Item 2: 9:05

Commission Business

  • Approval of May 16, 2018 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

Walla Walla Valley Regional Transportation Issues:  The Big Picture

Transportation needs may look significantly different between urban and rural areas in the region, but safety, preservation, quality of life and economic viability are common drivers.  Moving agricultural products remains important throughout the county.

Presenter: Andrea Weckmueller-Behringer, Executive Director, Walla Walla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization

Item 5: 9:35

City Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Information and perspectives on transportation from the City of Walla Walla and the City of College Place.

City of Walla Walla (pdf 1 mb)
City of College Place (pdf 1 mb)

Presenters: Neal Chavre, City Engineer, City of Walla Walla
Mike Rizzitiello, City Manager, City of College Place

Item 6: 10:10

Walla Walla County Transportation Issues Challenges and Successes

Information and perspectives on transportation from Walla Walla County.

Presenter: Jim Johnson, County Commissioner, Walla Walla County

Break: 10:30

Item 7: 10:45

Public Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Perspectives on transit and special needs transportation in the Walla Walla Valley.

iTransit NW (pdf 20 mb)

Presenter: Dick Fondahn, General Manager, Valley Transportation
Dwight Robanske, General Manager, Columbia County Public Transportation
Teresa Dutcher, Human Resource Officer, Milton-Freewater Transportation
JD Tovey, Director, Tribal Planning Office, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Item 8: 11:20

Naming US 395 the Thomas S.”Tom” Foley Memorial Highway – Action

Honoring former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Tom Foley.

Resolution No. 735 (pdf 95 kb)

Presenters: Heather Foley
Marcus Riccelli, Representative, Legislative District 3
Stacey Cowles
Will Knedlik, President-Elect, State Good Roads & Transportation Association
Allen Pomraning, President, Benton Franklin Walla Walla Good Roads Association

Lunch: 12:00 pm

Item 9: 1:00

Economic Development and Transportation

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

Port of Columbia (pdf 2 mb)
Port of Walla Walla (pdf 4 mb)

Presenters: Patrick Reay, Executive Director, Port of Walla Walla
Jennie Dickinson, Manager, Port of Columbia
Brian Duvall, President and CEO, Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce

Item 10: 2:10

Agriculture and Transportation

Agriculture in the Walla Walla Valley relies on dependable tranportation options to get products to world markets.

NW Grain Growers (pdf 6 kb)

Presenters: Chris Peha, Northwest Grain Growers
Jason Magnaghi, Board Member, Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance

Break: 2:50

Item 11: 3:00

Mobility and Healthy Communities

Travel choices affect our health and environmental quality.  Communities in the Blue Mountain Region are working to improve walking and bicycling as active transportation options and integrate them with outdoor recreation. 

Presenters: Meghan DeBolt, Director, Walla Walla County Department of Community Health
Jennie Dickinson, Manager, Port of Columbia
Kevin Mills, Walla Walla Community Council Implementation Task Force

Item 12: 3:30

WSDOT Regional Projects and Perspectives

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

Presenter: Brian White, Assistant Administrator Design and Construction, South Central Administrator, WSDOT

Item 13: 4:00

Looking Ahead

The Walla Walla Valley MPO and its member entities strive to improve safety, connectivity, and efficiency, while providing mobility options for all users.

Presenter: Andrea Weckmueller-Behringer, Executive Director, Walla Walla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization

Item 14: 4:10

Public Comment

Item 15: 4:20

Reflections and Next Steps

Adjourn: 4:30

Next Meeting
July 17 & 18, 2018 – Olympia 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.