Meeting Agenda – July 21, 2020 – Part 2

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.


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Item 1: 9:00 a.m.

TVW Live

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Presenter: Jerry Litt, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 9:05

I-405 / SR 167 Express Toll Lane Low-Income Tolling Study

Presenters: Gabor Debreczeni, Economic Analysis and Forecasting Manager, WSP USA
Brent Baker, Senior Vice President, WSP USA
Catherine Larson, Principal Consultant, Larson Consulting Associates
Shanwen Liu, Economist, WSP USA

At the direction of the Legislature, the Commission is leading a study of potential low-income tolling program options for the I-405/SR 167 Express Toll Lanes corridor. The project team will provide a Mid-Project update, including reporting out on a nation-wide scan of similar discount programs, opportunities and challenges for implementing such a program in Washington State, and on the expected timeline for future decisions by the Commission.

Low Income Toll Study Mid-Project Update  (pdf 1.5 mb)

Item 3: 10:00

Social Equity Considerations in the Context of Tolling

Presenter: Alan Hoffman, Founding Director/Principal Planner, Center for Advanced Urban Visioning

As the use of tolling expands across the country and in our state, and with several cities including Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles exploring downtown city congestion pricing, questions around fairness and equity grow. The co-author of “Pricing Roads, Advancing Equity” will talk about how the potential efficiencies of road pricing can solve several problems at once, including the redress of systemic inequities.

Steps to a more Equitable Transportation System  (pdf 3.1 mb)

Break: 11:00

Item 4: 11:15

Puget Sound Gateway Program Update

Presenters: John H. White, P.E., Deputy Program Administrator, Puget Sound Gateway Program, Washington State Department of Transportation
Ashley Probart
, Executive Director, Transportation Improvement Board 

The Puget Sound Gateway Program will provide an update on funding for the SR 509 and SR 167 Extension Projects, and seek Commission input on the proposed naming of the new facilities. WSDOT and Transportation Improvement Board staff will provide the Commission an overview of a potential Route Jurisdiction Transfer process for current portions of SR 509 and SR 167 that will no longer function as a part of those highways once the Gateway projects are complete.

Puget Sound Gateway Program  (pdf 638 kb)

Route Jurisdiction Transfers  (pdf 416 kb)

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.

Item 5: 1:00

Update on Tolled Facilities

Presenters: Ed Barry, Director, Toll Division, Washington State Department of Transportation
Jason Richter, Deputy Treasurer, Washington State Office of the State Treasurer
Carl See, Senior Financial Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

In June, a 2020 transportation revenue forecast was released that included initial projected impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Details will be provided, specifically on impacts to tolled facilities. WSDOT Toll Division will provide a preliminary update on each facility’s traffic and revenue through June 2020 and provide an update on financial planning steps to address possible revenue shortfalls. The Office of the State Treasurer will report out on the projected capacity to meet financial requirements for the SR 520 Bridge in the 2019-21 biennium. Commission staff will provide an update on the status of meeting the Commission’s sufficient minimum balance policy for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge account and next steps to address a possible revenue shortfall.

Tolled Facilities Update  (pdf 272 kb)

SR 520 Toll Facility Model Update and Summary  (pdf 1 mb)

Tacoma Narrows Bridge SMB Update  (pdf 196 kb)

Item 6: 2:15

Commission Business

Presenters: Reema Griffith, Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Paul Parker, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Carl See, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission
Tamara Jones, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

  • Presentation Series: The Future of Transportation Post-COVID Upcoming Topics
  • 2021-23 WSTC Budget Preparations
  • Update: 2020 Commission Annual Report
  • WSTC Subcommittee Updates
  • September Meeting Options – Pullman
  • Pending Naming Proposal for SR 902

Adjourn: 3:00

Next Meeting:

September 15-16, 2020 – Pullman



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Title VI Notice to Public

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