Washington State Transportation Commission – Meeting Agenda – October 15-16, 2019

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

Tuesday & Wednesday
October 15 & 16, 2019

Meetings are Webcast live on TVW

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

TVW Live Morning Session

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Item 1: 9:00 am

Commission Business

  • Approval of July 16 &17, 2019 Meeting Summary – Action
  • Approval of August 6, 2019 Final Ferry Hearing Summary – Action
  • Approval of September 16 &17, 2019 Meeting Summary – Action
  • Appointments to AV Executive Work Group– Action
  • 2020 Meeting Dates & Locations
  • Proposed 2020 Tri-State Meeting Dates

Presenters: Reema Griffith, Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Paul Parker, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 9:30

Joint Transportation Committee City Needs Assessment

In June, the JTC accepted an Assessment of City Funding Needs. The report, led by BERK Consulting, concluded that city transportation investments fall short by about half. This session will include highlights of the findings of the Report, its recommendations, and reaction from some of the case study cities.

Presenters: Dave Catterson, Coordinator, Joint Transportation Committee
Brian Murphy, Principal, BERK Consulting
Sherrie Hsu, Associate, BERK Consulting
Ashley Probart, Executive Director, Transportation Improvement Board
Josh Diekman, Traffic Engineer, City of Tacoma
Gary Cook, Mayor, City of Ritzville
Scott Yaeger, Councilmember, City of Ritzville
Larry Swift, Public Works Director, City of Ritzville

JTC Assessment of City Transportation Funding (pdf 2.2 mb)
TIB Strategically Federalizing Projects (pdf 412 kb)

Break: 11:00

Item 3: 11:15

Oregon House Bill 2881, expanding the OreGO Program

Oregon enacted legislation this year revising its Road Usage Charge program. House Bill 2881 implements a suite of policy changes recommended by Oregon’s Road User Fee Task Force to stabilize and expand the OreGO Program.

Presenter: Maureen Bock, Manager, Office of Innovation, Oregon Department of Transportation

OreGo Program (pdf 3.2 mb)

Lunch: 12:00 pm

TVW Live Afternoon Session

Item 4: 1:00

Road Usage Charge Assessment Report – Action

Findings and recommendations of the Road Usage Charge Steering Committee will be reviewed. Commissioners will identify preliminary findings and recommendations for the Legislature, and provide direction regarding the RUC Assessment Final Report. A proposal on gathering public input in November on the preliminary recommendations also will be discussed.

Presenters: Jeff Doyle, Partner, D’Artagnan Consulting
Travis Dunn, Partner, D’Artagnan Consulting
Ara Swanson, EnviroIssues
Jason Richter, Deputy State Treasurer, Debt Management, Washington State Treasurer’s Office

Washington State Road Usage Charge (pdf 1.3 mb)
Washington State Debit Limit (pdf 524 kb)

Item 5: 4:45

Public Comment

Adjourn: 5:00

Commissioner Dinner:  6:00 pm
Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

TVW Live Morning Session

Item 6: 9:00 am

AV Work Group: 2019 Update and Recommendations – Action

The Chair of the AV Work Group, joined by representatives from each of the subcommittees, will provide an update on the work of the 2019 Work Group and will lead a discussion on its policy recommendations. The Commission will then decide on its AV policy recommendations to the 2020 Legislature.

Public comment will be taken on this topic prior to the Commission taking action on its recommendations to the Legislature.

Presenters: Darrin Grondel, Chair, AV Work Group
Dan McGrady, Liability Subcommittee
Debi Besser & Captain Dan Hall, Safety Subcommittee
Nick Streuli, Labor & Workforce Subcommittee
Beau Perschbacher, Licensing Subcommittee
Will Saunders, System Technology & Data Security Subcommittee
Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH, & Rad Cunningham, Health & Equity Subcommittee
Mike Ennis & John Nisbet, Infrastructure & Systems Subcommittee

AV Work Group Update (pdf 1.4 mb)
AV Work Group Website Update (pdf 452 kb)
AV Liability Subcommittee (pdf 1.1 mb)
AV Safety Subcommittee (pdf 494 kb)
AV Labor & Workforce Subcommittee (pdf 209 kb)
AV System Technology & Data Security Subcommittee (pdf 100 kb)
AV Health & Equity Subcommittee (pdf 477 kb)
AV Infrastructure & Systems Subcommittee (pdf 1.6 mb)

Lunch: 12:00 pm

TVW Live Afternoon Session

Item 7: 1:00

Commission Business

  • 2019 Annual Report
  • Low Income Toll Study
  • Transportation Performance Standards

Presenters: Paul Parker, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 8: 1:45

Secretary’s Report

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

Item 9: 2:00

Tolling Update

The WSDOT Toll Division will report on preparations for SR 99 tolling and report on the implementation of the expanded toll exemptions effective August 1, 2019.

  • SR 99 Tolling
  • Implementation of New Exemption Policy

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

WSDOT Tolling Update (pdf 342 kb)

Item 10: 2:15

I-405 Toll Lanes: Usage, Benefits, and Equity

Using data on each trip made on the I-405 express toll lanes during operational hours in 2018, demographic data on census block groups, and lane speed, volume, and travel time data, the Washington State Transportation Center recently completed a study of how the express toll lanes are used, the benefits they provide to the region, and how these benefits are distributed among different groups of noncommercial users.

Presenter: Mark Hallenbeck, Director, TRAC, University of Washington

I-405 High Occupancy Toll Lanes (pdf 2 mb)

Item 11: 3:15

Public Comment

Item 12: 3:30

Reflections and Recommendations

Adjourn: 4:00

Next Meeting:
November 19 & 20, 2019
Federal Way, 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.

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