Meeting Agenda – June 16-17, 2020

Virtual Meeting Agenda

 


Public Notice 

The Commission reserves the right to take action on any item on the agenda, make adjustments to the order of the agenda items, and adjust the time of adjournment as needed.

Meetings are webcast live on tvw.org

 


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Item 1: 1:30 p.m.

Commission Business

Presenter: Jerry Litt, Chariman, Washington State Transportation Commission

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Approval of May 19, 2020 Meeting Summary – Action
  • WSTC Officers

Item 2: 1:45

Regional Transportation Overview: The Big Picture

Presenter: Hugh Conroy, Director of Planning, Whatcom Council of Governments

Whatcom County is as diverse as any in Washington. Bellingham is the 10th largest city in Western Washington, with a population over 90,000. Farms and forests dominate the rural landscape. Traffic across the Canadian border impacts transportation throughout the county, and one community can only be reached by traveling through Canada.

Whatcom Council of Governments (pdf 1.3 mb)

Item 3: 2:00

WSDOT Transportation Challenges and Successes

Presenter: Jay Drye, Assistant Regional Administrator, Washington State Department Of Transportation, Mt. Baker Region

State transportation facilities and programs are essential to mobility, economic vitality and livability in Whatcom County.

WSDOT Virtual Tour of Bellingham (pdf 1.2 mb)

Item 4: 2:20

Tribal Transportation Challenges and Successes

Presenter:  Peter Frye, Senior Planner, Lummi Planning Department

Tribal nations face unique transportation challenges. Many have integrated transportation solutions in approaches to economic development and human services delivery.

Item 5: 2:40

Getting Around Without a Car: Whatcom Transit Authority

Presenter: Pete Stark, General Manager, Whatcom Transportation Authority

Whatcom Transit provides fixed route, paratransit, zone service, and a vanpool program throughout Whatcom County, including a successful partnership with Western Washington University.

Whatcom Transit (pdf 5.7 mb)

Break: 3:00

Item 6: 3:10

Continued: Getting Around Without a Car

Presenters: Gina Austin, Project Engineer, City of Bellingham
Hugh Conroy, Director of Planning, Whatcom Council of Governments
Melissa Fanucci, AICP Principal Planner, Whatcom Council of Governments

In addition to the travel options provided by Whatcom Transit, residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County have multiple ways to get around without a car. Whatcom Smart Trips promotes walking, bicycling, sharing rides, and riding the bus. Bellingham has invested in excellent bicycle and walking paths, and the North Sound Transportation Alliance has enhanced transit connections between Whatcom County and destinations to the south.

Greenways  (pdf  5 mb)

North Sound Transportation Alliance (pdf 677 kb)

Whatcom Smart Trips  (pdf 1.6 mb)

Item 7: 3:50

Regional Coordination of Cross-Border Transportation Planning

Presenters: Hugh Conroy, Director of Planning, Whatcom Council of Governments
Melissa Fanucci, AICP Principal Planner, Whatcom Council of Governments
Todd Carlson, Planning & Engineering Services Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation, Mt. Baker Region

Traffic at the border in Blaine ranks in the top five busiest U.S.-Canada border crossings nationally. Over 50 organizations participate in the International Mobility and Trade Corridor (IMTC) Program. Led by the Whatcom County of Governments, the IMTC supports improvements to safety, mobility, and security for the Cascade Gateway for the five-land border ports-of-entry connecting Western Washington State and Lower Mainland British Columbia.

International Trade Corridor  (pdf 2.3 mb)

Recess: 5:00

Reconvene day 2 at 9:00 a.m., June 17.

 


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Item 8: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions

Presenter: Jerry Litt, Chairman, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 9: 9:05

SR 20 Memorial Highway Naming – ACTION

Presenters: Chad Clark, Undersheriff, Skagit County
John Batiste, Chief, Washington State Patrol

The Skagit County Sheriff and citizens of Skagit County have proposed honoring two law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. Resolution 739 proposes to name SR 20 from mileposts 90 to 105 for Skagit County Sheriff Deputy Al Hultgren. Resolution 740 proposes to name SR 20 from mileposts 52 to 59 for Washington State Trooper Thomas Hendrickson.

Fallen Hero’s Project    (pdf 1.1 mb)

Item 10: 9:30

City of Bellingham Transportation Challenges and Successes

Presenters: Mayor Seth Fleetwood, City of  Bellingham
Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, City of Bellingham
Chris Comeau, Transportation Planner, City of Bellingham

The City of Bellingham will share information and perspectives on the transportation challenges it is facing currently, including how the pandemic is affecting transportation patterns and funding. The City also will brief the Commission on its successful multimodal transportation planning program, its climate protection work, and provide a virtual tour of some of its successful transportation projects.

  Planning for Multimodal Transportation (pdf 4.9 mb)

Item 11: 10:00

Whatcom County Transportation Challenges and Successes

Presenters: Satpal Sidhu, County Executive, Whatcom County
Jon Hutchings, Public Works Director, Whatcom County
James Karcher, P.E., County Engineer, Whatcom County

Whatcom County will share information and perspectives on the transportation challenges it is facing currently, including how the pandemic is affecting transportation patterns and funding. The County also will brief the Commission on its multimodal transportation improvements, climate protection projects and the challenge of re-capitalizing the County Ferry System.

Break: 10:30

Item 12: 10:40

Transportation and Economic Vitality

Presenters: Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, City of Bellingham
Rob Fix, Executive Director, Port of Bellingham
Matt Mullett, CEO, All-American Marine

The City and the Port of Bellingham have embarked on a long-term project to redevelop and revitalize its waterfront following the departure of a major industry. This panel will discuss the work the city and port have done and plans for the future. All-American Marine has built vessels for King County and Kitsap Transit amongst others. The Port also operates Bellingham International Airport, which provides regular service to Alaska, Arizona, California, and Nevada.

Port of Bellingham  (pdf 1.6 mb)

Transportation Economic Vitality  (pdf 7.4 mb)

Item 13: 11:45

Commission Business:

Presenters: All Commissioners

  • July 7 Special Meeting Agenda
  • July 15 & 21 Regular Meeting Plans
  • Reflections and Recommendations

Adjourn: 12:00 p.m.

Upcoming Meetings:

Special Virtual Meeting – July 7, 2020

Virtual Olympia Meeting – Held over two separate dates:
July 15, 2020
July 21, 2020