Joint Meeting Agenda – California, Oregon & Washington Transportation Commissions – September 16-17, 2019

September 16 – 17, 2019
Skamania Lodge – “Adams” Room
1131 Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson, WA

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


Monday, September 16, 2019


Item 1: 8:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jerry Litt, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission
Bob Van Brocklin, Chair, Oregon Transportation Commission
Fran Inman, Chair, California Transportation Commission

Item 2: 8:15

Rural Freight Movement Issues, Challenges, & Opportunities

Rural freight movement happens within a complex supply chain reliant on multi-modal options working efficiently from barge, to train, to trucks moving goods from farm to markets across the country and the world.

  • Paul Parker, WSTC Deputy Director – Introduction and Washington State Freight Movement Video
  • Eric Jessup, Associate Director, Freight Policy Transportation Institute, Washington State University
  • Eric Havig, Program Manager, Connect Oregon
  • Maura Twomey, Executive Director, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments

Agriculture & Rural Transportation (pdf 11 mb)
Rural Freight Transportation (pdf 2 mb)
California’s Rural Freight Movement (pdf 811 kb)

Break: 10:00

Item 3: 10:15

Reliable Rural Access = Jobs, Industry, and Economic Growth

Rural counties face many challenges including limited, reliable, and safe access, adequate funding, and all impacting sustainable economic development and growth.

  • Andrea Weckmueller-Behringer, Executive Director, Walla Walla Valley MPO and Chair, MPO/RTPO/WSDOT Coordinating Committee
  • Amanda Hoey, Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
  • Lee Ann Eager, President/ CEO, Fresno County Economic Development Corporation

Walla Walla Valley Reliable Rural Access (pdf 2 mb)
Connect Mid-Columbia Economic Development (pdf 298 kb)
Fresno County Reliable Rural Access (pdf 1 mb)

12:00 pm – Recess Meeting – Lunch Boxes Provided

12:30 – Regional Transportation Tour: Washington & Oregon, along the Columbia River

4:30 – Arrive Back at Lodge

6:00 – Dinner – Skamania Lodge – “Hood” Room


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Item 4: 8:00 am

Rural Emergency Access – Enabling Response to Natural Disasters

When natural disaster strikes in rural areas, responding to them can be extremely challenging. Partnerships and pro-active planning between jurisdictions is critical to achieving seamless and direct access by responders.

  • Matt Marheine, Deputy Director, Oregon Office of Emergency Management
  • Commissioner Chris Branch, Okanogan County, Washington
  • Jody Jones, Mayor, Town of Paradise

Oregon Emergency Management (pdf 1 mb)
Okanogan County Backroads Study (pdf 896 kb)
Town of Paradise Rural Emergency Access (pdf 1 mb)

Item 5: 10:00

Federal Transportation Update & Outreach

  • Review & discuss draft joint-commission letter for final approval and signature – Action
  • Federal Update from FHWA
    • Dan Mathis, Washington Division Administrator
    • Phillip Ditzler, Oregon Division Administrator
    • Vince Mammano, California Division Administrator

Break: 10:45

Item 6: 11:00

Road Usage Charging

Each state will provide an update of RUC work/ activities in their state; Oregon share the latest RUC laws/ regulations related to mandatory vs voluntary participation, use of RUC revenue limitations; reflections on the national discussion; overview of Utah’s RUC law and plans to implement by 2020.

  • Reema Griffith, WSTC
  • Garth Hopkins, CTC
  • Maureen Bock, ODOT

Washington Road Usage Charge Program (pdf 2 mb)
Oregon Road Usage Charge Program (pdf 1 mb)
California Road Usage Charge Program (pdf 109 kb)

Item 7: 11:45

Public Comment

Item 8: 12:00 pm – Working Lunch – Group Discussion & Wrap-up

  • Commissioners discuss meeting, next steps, and future plans

1:00 – Adjourn


(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

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