Meeting Agenda – February 19-20, 2020

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

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


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Item 1: 9:00 am

Morning Session: TVW Live

Commission Business

  • Approval of January 14 & 15, 2020 Olympia meeting summary – Action
  • Commissioner Reports
  • Draft 2020 Work Plan

Item 2: 9:45

Legislative Report

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

Break: 10:30

Item 3: 10:45

Public Utilities, the Electrical Grid, and Electric Vehicle Markets

Presenters: Amy Andrews, Policy Director, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Brad Cebulko, Senior Policy Advisor, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

As auto manufacturers worldwide shift to manufacturing more electric vehicle models and decision makers look for ways to reduce carbon emissions, will the utilities and the electrical grid be capable of meeting new demand? Policy staff from the Utilities and Transportation Commission will present information on the ability of the electrical grid to handle different electric vehicle penetration scenarios.

Investor-owned Utility EV Supply Equipment Programs (pdf 1 mb)

Item 4: 11:30

Kingsgate Transit Oriented Development Report

Presenter: Anthony Buckley, Director Innovative Partnerships, Washington State Department of Transportation

This briefing will provide an update on the Kingsgate transit-oriented development project and review potential legislative changes needed to facilitate this project and future transit-oriented development.

Lunch: 12:00 pm

Item 5: 1:00

Afternoon Session: TVW Live

US 97 Naming WW II Veterans Memorial Highway – Action

Presenters: David Barta
Colonel John D. Miller (retired)

Residents and organizations from Klickitat County have petitioned the Transportation Commission to name US 97 in Klickitat County the “World War II Veterans Memorial Highway.”

Commemorating World War II Veterans (pdf 1 mb)

Item 6: 1:30

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee Final Report 19-07:
Follow-Up on WSDOT’s Long-Term Estimates of Bridge Preservation Needs

Presenters: Aaron Cavin, Research Analyst, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee
Eric Whitaker, Research Analyst, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee

In 2015, JLARC staff found that estimates of preservation funding needs for the state’s bridge network was not reliable. The Legislative Auditor recommended that WSDOT work with the Office of Financial Management and make improvements. This report follows up on the 2015 report and outcome.

WSDOT Long-Term Estimates of Bridge Preservation Needs (pdf 1.6 mb)

Item 7: 2:00

SR 520 Certification Of Toll Rate Sufficiency

Presenter: Jason Richter, Deputy Treasurer, Washington State Treasurer

The Office of the State Treasurer will report its findings regarding its review of sufficiency of current SR 520 toll rates meeting legal revenue requirements.

SR 520 Certification (pdf 517 kb)

Item 8: 2:15

Debt Affordability Study and State Debt Report

Presenter: Jason Richter, Deputy Treasurer, Washington State Treasurer

The Office of the State Treasurer will report on its recent assessment of state debt, its value and its costs.

Washington State Debt Limit (pdf 392 kb)

Break: 2:45

Item 9: 3:00

Autonomous Vehicle 4.0 Guidance Overview and Comparison with International Regulatory Approaches to Autonomous Vehicle Development

Presenter: Virginia Lingham, Intelligent Transportation System, WSP USA Consulting

The United States Department of Transportation recently issued a new report on automated vehicle technologies, including voluntary standards and guidance. This briefing will report on the federal approach to autonomous vehicle development and contrast its guidance with the approach taken internationally.

AV Guidance Overview (pdf 2 mb)

Item 10: 4:00

Joint Transportation Committee Comprehensive Needs Assessment

Presenter: David Ward, Senior Analyst, Joint Transportation Committee

The Legislature has initiated a comprehensive assessment of statewide transportation funding needs and priorities in the 2022 – 2031 timeframe. Joint Transportation Committee Staff will outline the scope of the needs assessment, progress to date, and next steps.

Statewide Transportation Needs Assessment (pdf 919 kb)

Item 11: 4:30

Secretary’s Report

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

Item 12: 4:45

Public Comment

Adjourn: 5:00

Commissioner Dinner: 6:00 pm
Budd Bay Cafe


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Item 13: 9:00 am

Morning Session: TVW Live

Washington State Ferries Fare Simplification Study and Low-Income Fare Pilot

Presenter: Ray Deardorf, Senior Planning Manager, Washington State Ferries, Washington State Department of Transportation

Last year, Washington State Ferries initiated an analysis of its fare structure and ways to simplify it. This briefing will explain the reasons behind the existing fare structure, and identify opportunities and challenges for changing the fare structure, including initial work investigating a low-income fare pilot.

WSF Fare Simplification Study (pdf 553 kb)
WSF Low Income Fare Update (pdf 418 kb)

Item 14: 10:00

2020 Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) – Survey Program

Presenter: Chelsea Benning, Director, Design and Analysis, Pacific Market Research

The Transportation Commission surveys Washington State Ferry riders via the Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) survey panel (nearly 25,000 members) each year, to inform WSF level of service, operational, pricing, planning, and investment decisions. This briefing will provide an overview of the upcoming round of surveying in 2020 and areas of focus.

WSF 2020-2021 Performance & Experience Research (pdf 1 mb)

Item 15: 11:00

Public Comment

Item 16: 11:15

Reflections and Recommendations

Adjourn: 11:30

Next Meeting:

March 17& 18, 2020
Olympia, WA