Meeting Agenda – October 20-21, 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.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

TVW Live

Item 1: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Presenter: Jerry Litt, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 9:05

Autonomous Vehicle Workgroup Update

Presenter: Scott Shogan, Vice President, WSP USA

At the direction of the Legislature, the Commission has established the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Workgroup and is charged with identifying policy and regulatory needs in order to accommodate AV’s on our public roadways. The project team will provide an update on the Workgroup’s progress in 2020 and next steps.

Autonomous Vehicle Work Group Update  (pdf 898 kb)

Item 3: 9:50

Washington State Department of Transportation’s Highway System Plan Update

Presenter: Kerri Woehler, Director, Multimodal Planning, Washington State Department of Transportation
Karena Houser
, Statewide Planning Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation

The Highway System Plan (HSP) is the state highway component of the Washington Transportation Plan. The HSP serves as the basis for the six-year capital highway program and the WSDOT’s two-year budget request to the State Legislature.

Highway System Plan  (pdf 1.3 mb)

Break: 10:35 

Item 4: 10:45

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

Presenter: Gabor Debreczeni, Economic Analysis and Forecasting Manager, 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 Lane corridor. The project team will present proposed criteria for selection of low-income toll program options for further study and will provide an overview of a survey being conducted of low-income drivers who use the corridor.

ETL Low-Income Toll Study (pdf  720 kb)

Item 5: 11:45

Secretary’s Report

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

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.

Item 6: 1:00

State Transportation Revenue Forecast

Presenters: Doug Vaughn, Chief Finance Officer, Washington State Department of Transportation
Ed Barry
, Director, Toll Division, Washington State Department of Transportation
Ray Deardorf
, Senior Planning Manager, Washington State Ferries Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

Released on September 23, 2020, this is an update to the June transportation revenue forecast. This briefing will provide an overview of the forecast results, specifically addressing the forecasts for tolling traffic volumes and revenue, and ferry ridership volumes and revenues.

Transportation Sept 2020 Revenue Forecast (pdf 266 kb)
Tolling Sept 2020 Forecast  (pdf  251 kb)
WSF Sept 2020 Revenue Forecast (pdf  262 kb)

Item 7: 1:45

Tolling Facility Financial Updates

Presenters: Jason Richter, Deputy Treasurer, Washington State Office of the State Treasurer
Carl See
, Senior Financial Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

The Commission will receive financial updates on toll facilities, including financial model updates on the SR 520 Bridge and SR 99 Tunnel from the Office of the State Treasurer (OST), and an update on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (TNB) fund balance.

SR 520 and SR 99 Toll Facilities Update  (pdf 565 kb)
Tacoma Narrows Bridge SMB Update  (pdf  229 kb)

Break: 2:45

Item 8: 2:55

Road Usage Charge Update

Presenters: Travis Dunn, Partner & Project Manager, Milestone Solutions LLP
Jeff Doyle
, Partner, Milestone Solutions LLP

The Legislature directed the Commission to conduct an assessment of Road Usage Charging (RUC) as a possible replacement to the gas tax. The Commission is preparing to begin a new phase of the RUC Assessment as directed by the Legislature in the 2019 Transportation Budget, and is fully funded by a grant through the Federal Highway Administration. The project team will be introduced and will provide an overview of the work to take place over the next three years.

Forward Drive  (pdf 691 kb)

Item 9: 3:55

Commission Business

– Facility Naming request: SR 167 and SR 509 Completion Projects
    (Puget Sound Gateway Program) – ACTION
– Adoption of September Meeting Summary – ACTION
– 2021 & 2022 WSTC Meeting Locations & Schedule
– 2020 Commission Reports – Status Update
       o Annual Report
       o Tolling Report
– Subcommittee Updates – Staff Report

Meeting Locations Map (pdf 224kb)

Recess: 5:00


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

TVW Live

Item 10: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Jerry Litt, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 11: 9:05

The Future of Transportation: Post-COVID

Speaker Panel:
Shannon Peloquin
, McKinsey & Company
Christine Gregoire
, CEO, Challenge Seattle & Former Washington State Governor
Charlie Davis
, Managing Director & Partner, Boston Consulting Group
Sohier Hall
, President/CEO, Luum
Kevin Bopp, Vice President, Parking and Mobility, Bedrock Detroit
Mike Ennis
, Government Affairs Director, Association of Washington Business

Major disruptions lead to opportunities for change and improvements – but where and how should these changes happen? An esteemed panel of experts will provide perspectives on how COVID-19 has and will impact the future of transportation, and provide insights into what public officials and decision makers should be considering going forward.

Specific topics to be explored by the panelists include:

  • Re-Imagining Infrastructure – How to Build Better: New considerations and approaches for future transportation infrastructure investments will be discussed.
  • Cascadia Vision 2050: A proposal will be shared on how the development of the Cascadia innovation corridor, that starts in Vancouver B.C., goes through the Puget Sound, and down to Portland, Oregon, can serve as a global model for sustainable growth.
  • Re-Defining the Commute: The pandemic has introduced significant shifts in how we “commute”, presenting an opportunity for policymakers to consider new approaches that promote changes in travel behavior, equitable mobility, and employer participation.
  • The Employer Perspective on Re-Defining the Commute: An employer case-study will demonstrate the impact of travel incentives, disincentives, and policy on employee commute choices.
  • Statewide Business Impacts & Challenges: COVID-19 has brought many challenges and impacts to businesses of all sizes across the state. An overview of the challenges and needs of businesses, along with considerations for the future, will be addressed. 

Re-Imagining Infrastructure  (pdf 841 kb)
Cascadia Innovation Corridor Vision 2050 (pdf 1.4 mb)
Parking & Mobility  (pdf 5.8 mb)
Sustainable Mobility  (pdf 1.5 mb)

Item 12: 12:45 p.m.

Commission Business

– Reflections and Recommendations

Adjourn: 1:00

Next Meeting:

November 17 & 18, 2020 – Virtual Meeting
Bellevue, WA 



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