Washington State Transportation Commission Regular Meeting Agenda – July 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, July 17, 2018

Item 1: 9:00 am

Commission Business

  • Approval of June 20, Meeting Summary – Action
  • Commissioner Reports
  • Proposed 2019 Meeting Locations
  • 2018 – 19 Work Plan
  • West Coast Meeting Agenda (pdf 77 kb)

Item 2: 9:45

2018 Ferry Riders Opinion Group Survey Findings

The commission will hear the results of three Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) surveys conducted earlier this year.  The surveys assess the performance of Washington State Ferries and attitudes of winter ferry riders, freight users, and the general public.

2018 Winter Performance Survey, Freight Survey, & General Public Survey (pdf 1 mb)
2018 Freight Shippers Survey Full Report (pdf 848 kb)
2018 General Market Assessment (pdf 1 mb)
2018 Winter Performance Final Report (pdf 1 mb)

Presenter: Bill Young, Program Manager, Research Assurance

Break: 11:00

Item 3: 11:15

Tolling Quarterly Traffic and Revenue Reports

  • Tacoma Narrows Bridge
  • SR 520 Floating Bridge
  • I-405 Express Toll Lanes
  • SR 167 HOT Lanes

WSDOT will provide an update on traffic and revenue performance for tolled facilities, for the third quarter of FY 2018.

Tolling Revenue Reports (pdf 252 kb)

Presenter: Ed Barry, Director of Tolling, Washington State Department of Transportation

Item 4: 11:45

Secretary’s Report

Presenter: Keith Metcalf, Deputy Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation

Lunch: 12:00 pm

Item 5: 1:00

Final Public Hearing – Proposed Rule Making, WSR 18-12.104.

Making amendments to definitions, toll rate exemptions, and administrative fee rules, and repealing outdated sections of chapter 468-270 WAC

Overview of Exemptions and Fees Proposal and Summary of Comments Received.

Public Comment
This is an opportunity for interested persons and the public to comment on the proposed rule.

Vote on Toll Policy Proposal – Action

Exemptions Proposal Update (pdf 213 kb)

Presenter: Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

Break: 2:15

Item 6: 2:30

SR 99 Tunnel Toll Rate Proposal:  Review Public Comments Received on Tolling Options and Determine Toll Rate Proposal for Further Public Review – Action

The deep tunnel and roadway that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct is nearly complete.  Today the Commission will discuss the proposed tolling options that have been under public review, They will review the public comment gathered to date, and select a single toll rate proposal for further public review and comment.

SR 99 Toll Options Comparison (pdf 437 kb)

Presenter: Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 7: 3:30

National Scan of Autonomous Vehicle Laws & Programs

Professor Covington and students in the UW technology seminar will present an overview of laws and regulatory approaches toward autonomous vehicles taken by various states.  The presentation will identify where current Washington State law appears to be sufficient, and where changes might be needed.

UW AV Trucks (pdf 2 mb)
UW AV Law Scan (pdf 2 mb)
UW Full Report (pdf 433 kb)

Presenter: Professor William Covington, University of Washington School of Law

Item 8: 4:30

Autonomous Vehicle Work Group Update

The Autonomous Vehicle Work Group convened to develop policy recommendations for the operation of autonomous vehicles on public roadways in the state, held its first meeting in June.

AV Work Group Policies (pdf 119 kb)
Draft AV Work Group Structure (pdf 437 kb)

Presenter: Reema Griffith, Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 9: 4:45

Public Comment

Adjourn: 5:00 pm

Commissioner Dinner: 6:00
Uncork & Unwind


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Item 10: 9:00 am

Commission Business

  • 2019 Meeting Locations – Action
  • Review 2019/21 Commission Budget

Item 11: 9:40

Road Usage Charge Pilot Project Update

The Road Usage Charge Pilot Project is nearing the half-way point of the year-long pilot.  This update will brief the Commission on how the pilot is running and participant input on their experience thus far.

WA RUC (pdf 100 kb)

Presenter: Jeff Doyle, Partner, D’Artagnan Consulting

Item 12: 10:00

WTP Public Review Draft Preview

The Washington Transportation Plan (WTP) establishes a 20-year vision for development of the statewide transportation system.  This progress report will highlight the themes, draft recommendations, and outreach plans for the public review draft that will be released on August 1, 2018

2040 & Beyond (pdf 285 kb)

Presenters: Thera Black, Planning Manager, SCJ Alliance
Paul Parker, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission

Break: 10:45

Item 13: 11:00

Seattle Department of Transportation New Mobility Playbook

The City of Seattle has a game plan for embracing how new technologies could advance safety, justice and sustainability in Seattle.  The New Mobility Playbook offers a set of strategies for shaping the future of transportation in a way that puts people first and avoid a future of congested roads, unsafe streets and expensive, exclusive services. 

Presenters: Shannon Walker, New Mobility Strategic Advisor, City of Seattle Office of Transit & Mobility
Evan Corey Costagliola, Mobility Program Manager, City of Seattle Office of Transit & Mobility

New Mobility (pdf 2 mb)

Item 14: 12:00 pm

Reflections and Next Steps

Adjourn: 12:15

Next Meetings –

August 14 & 15, 2018
San Francisco, California

September 12, 2018
Port Angeles, 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.