Washington State Transportation Commission – Meeting Agenda – July 16-17, 2019

WSDOT Headquarters Building
Nisqually Conference Room 1D2
310 Maple Park Avenue SE, Olympia, Washington

TVW Live: Morning session

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


Tuesday, July 16, 2019


Item 1: 9:00 am

Commission Business

  • Approval of May 14 & 15, 2019 Meeting Summary – Action
  • Approval of June 18 & 19, 2019 Meeting Summary – Action
  • Commissioner Reports
  • Transportation Performance Standards
  • West Coast Commission Meeting – Stevenson, WA

Item 2: 9:30

Lake Washington Passenger Ferry System Update

Presenter: Rocale Timmons, Senior Vice President, Planning and Development, Seco Development

A company involved in the largest mixed-use developments in east King County over the last three decades is planning to build and operate a network of water taxis, ferrying passengers between its Renton developments and the region’s top tech hubs by 2020.

Lake Washington Water Taxi (pdf 1 mb)

Break: 10:15

Item 3: 10:30

Road Usage Charge (RUC) Assessment: Findings of the Pilot Project, Participant Surveys and Focus Group Results

Presenters: Jeff Doyle, Partner, D’Artagnan Consulting
Ara Swanson, Enviroissues

The commission will hear a progress report on the results of the year-long, statewide RUC pilot project. This will include analysis of the data gathered, participant feedback through surveys, and focus group results.

Road Usage Charge Update (pdf 2 mb)

Item 4: 11:30

Designating the Skookumchuck River Bridge on State Route 507 as the Regina Clark Memorial Bridge

Presenters: Ed Orcutt, Representative, 20th District, Washington State House of Representatives
Edna Fund, Commissioner, Lewis County


The commission will take action on House Joint Memorial 4007, which requests the commission to name a bridge to honor Petty Officer First Class Regina Clark, the first Lewis county resident to be killed in Iraq.

Lunch: 12:00 pm

TVW Live: Afternoon Session

Item 5: 1:00

Road Usage Charge Assessment: Progress Report on WA RUC Steering Committee Findings to Date

Presenter: Jeff Doyle, Partner, D’Aratgnan Consulting

This session will focus on how the WA RUC test system performed, including the tests with drivers from Oregon and British Columbia. The presentation also will review the issues the RUC steering committee has addressed, along with any preliminary recommendations, and provide a review of remaining issues to be addressed in the coming months.

Road Usage Charge Update (cont.) (pdf 865 kb)

Break: 2:15

Item 6: 2:30

Autonomous Vehicle Work Group Update

Presenters: Reema Griffith, Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Capt. Dan Hall, Safety Subcommittee
Mike Ennis, Infrastructure & Systems Subcommittee
Michael Schutzler, System Technology & Data Security Subcommittee
Lonnie Johns-Brown, Liability Subcommittee
Beau Perschbacher, Licensing Subcommittee

  • Status Reports and recommendations from Subcommittees
  • Recommendations on structure changes – Action

The subcommittees that support the Autonomous Vehicle Work Group will report on their work to date. The commission will act on recommendations put forth by the subcommittees and the Executive Committee.

Transportation Commission Overview (pdf 904 kb)
Safety Subcommittee (pdf 954 kb)
Infrastructure Subcommittee (pdf 687 kb)
Licensing Subcommittee (pdf 242 kb)

Item 7: 4:00

Winter 2019 FROG Survey Report

Presenter: Bill Young, Program Manager, Research Assurance

The commission will hear the results of the winter 2019 FROG survey conducted to assess the performance of Washington State Ferries and attitudes of winter ferry riders.

2019 WSF Winter Performance (pdf 2 mb)

Item 8: 4:30

Public Comment

Item 9: 4:45

Commission Business (Continued)

Presenter: Paul Parker, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission

  • Commission Officers
  • 2019 Annual Report
  • Proposed 2020 Meeting Schedule
  • VEBA Policy

Adjourn: 5:00

Commissioner Dinner: 6:00


Wednesday, July 17, 2019


TVW Live: Morning Session

Item 10: 8:30 am

Secretary’s Report

Presenter: Roger Millar, Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation

Item 11: 8:45

Tolling Topics

Presenters: Ed Barry, Director of Tolling, Toll Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

  • Tolling Projects updates
  • Quarterly Traffic Revenue Report for Tacoma Narrows Bridge, SR 520 Bridge, SR 167 Express Toll Lanes, and I-405 Express Toll Lanes
  • SR 99 Tolling Update
  • I-405 HOV Study – Legislative directive
  • Low Income Toll Study – Legislative directive

WSDOT will provide an update on the tolling program, including authorized future toll facilities, SR 99 tolling, and traffic and revenue reports on existing facilities. WSDOT and commission staff will brief the commission on tolling studies directed by the Legislature.

Tolling Facilities Update (pdf 843 kb)

Break: 10:15

Item 12: 10:30

City of Seattle Congestion Tolling Report

Presenters: Sam Zimbabwe, Director, Seattle Department of Transportation
Kristen Simpson, Interim Chief of Staff, Seattle Department of Transportation

The City of Seattle recently completed an analysis of options to reduce congestion within the city, including tolling. The City will brief the commission on the report and next steps.

Seattle Congestion Pricing (pdf 2 mb)

Item 13: 11:30

WTP 2040 Update

Presenter: Paul Parker, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission

Commissioners will view the short videos being added to the WTP 2040 and Beyond website and discuss plans to share them. 

Item 14: 11:45

Public Comment

Item 15: 12:00 pm

Reflections and Recommendations

Adjourn: 12:15

Next Meeting:
September 16 & 17, 2019
Stevenson, 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.


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