Meeting Agenda – February 16-17, 2021

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, February 16, 2021

TVW Live

Item 1: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Presenter: Jerry Litt, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 9:05

Oregon Road Usage Charge Program

Presenter: Maureen Bock, Chief Innovation Officer, Oregon Department of Transportation

OReGO, the nation’s first road usage charge (RUC) program, has been in operation since July 1, 2015. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation will provide an update on their program operations and where it is headed into the future.

ODOT RUC Update-OReGO (pdf 2mb)

Item 3: 9:50

Tolling Preparations in Oregon

Presenter: Lucinda Broussard, Toll Program Director, Oregon Department of Transportation

In 2017, the Oregon Legislature directed the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) to pursue and implement tolls on I-5 and I-205 in the Portland Metro region to help manage traffic congestion. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation will provide an update on the tolling program including timelines, next steps, and their equity framework.

Oregon Toll Program  (pdf 1.3mb)

Item 4: 10:35

Columbia River I-5 Bridge Replacement Program

Presenter: Greg Johnson, Program Administrator, Interstate Bridge Replacement

Staff with the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program will provide an update on the Columbia Bridge I-5 Bridge Replacement project, outreach efforts, and next steps.

Columbia River I-5 Bridge Replacement Program Update (pdf 1.6mb)

Break: 11:20

Item 5: 11:30

Passenger-Only Ferry Study

Presenter: Kelly McGourty, Director of Transportation Planning, Puget Sound Regional Council

In 2020, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) conducted a Legislatively mandated study to evaluate the potential demand for new passenger-only ferry (POF) service to connect communities throughout the Puget Sound area, including Lake Washington and Lake Union. The Commission will receive a briefing on the study’s assessment, key findings, and next steps.

Passenger-Only Ferry Study  (pdf 1.7mb)

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.

Item 6: 1:00

Analyzing Electrification of Public Vehicle Fleets in Washington State

Presenters: Dave Catterson, Coordinator, Joint Transportation Committee
Charles Satterfield, Senior Project Manager, Atlas Public Policy

The Commission will be briefed on the Joint Transportation Committee’s (JTC) analysis of shifting public fleets in Washington from gas to electric vehicles.

Analyzing Electrification of Public Vehicle Fleets in Washington State (pdf 1.4mb)

Item 7: 1:40

Washington State Ferry Fleet Electrification

Presenter: Matt Von Ruden, Director, Vessel Engineering and Maintenance, Washington State Ferries, Washington State Department of Transportation

The Commission will be briefed on the transition of Washington State Ferries’ (WSF) fleet to hybrid electric propulsion, as outlined by WSF’s 2040 Long Range Plan.

Update on Ferry Fleet Electrification  (pdf 733kb)

Item 8: 2:10

Washington State Ferry Fare and Tariff Process

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

The Transportation Commission sets ferry fares each biennium to achieve required revenue and policy targets. Staff from Washington State Ferries will present a proposed 2021-23 fare development process.

2021-2022 Ferry Fare Development Process  (pdf 354kb)

Item 9: 2:30

Fish Barrier Corrections – Update

Presenters: Tom Jameson, Fish Passage Division Manager, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kim Mueller, Fish Passage Delivery Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation

The Departments of Fish & Wildlife and Transportation are working with partners around the state to remove fish passage barriers. Staff will provide an overview of efforts underway to correct fish passage barriers, both throughout the state and specific to the Court injunction.

Fish Barrier Removal  (pdf 1mb)
Restoring Fish Passage  (pdf 2.8mb)

Recess: 3:30


Wednesday, February, 17, 2021

TVW Live

Item 10: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Jerry Litt, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 11: 9:05

Secretary’s Report

Presenter: Roger Millar, Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation

Item 12: 9:20

Transportation Equity & Technology

Presenter: Adam Cohen, Survey Researcher, University of California, Berkeley

An overview will be provided regarding current and emerging technologies, including shared mobility, micromobility, automated vehicles, advanced air mobility, and mobility on demand/mobility as a service, and the demographics of users of these services, and considerations for expanding access for all.

Equity of Innovative and Emerging Transportation Services  (pdf 8mb)

Item 13: 10:00

Cascadia Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation Report

Presenters: Ron Pate, Director, Rail, Freight, and Ports Division, Washington State Department of Transportation
Jason Beloso
, Strategic Planning Manager, Rail, Freight, and Ports Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

Since 2017, WSDOT has been exploring the possibility of high-speed transportation in the Cascadia megaregion. In December 2020, WSDOT completed the last stage of a study which charts a potential path forward to advance the Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation (UHSGT). Results of the study will be shared.

Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation  (pdf 587kb)

Item 14: 10:30

Studded Tires Update

Presenters: Kris Rietman Abrudan, Communications Director, Washington State Department of Transportation
Jeff Uhlmeyer, State Pavement Engineer, Washington State Department of Transportation

In December 2020, WSDOT published a report on studded tire damage and the results of a public information campaign in Spokane and Whatcom Counties on studded tires. Results of the campaign will be shared, as well as current data on the damage caused to roadways from studded tire usage in Washington State.

Studded Tire Update  (pdf 1.8mb)

Break: 11:00

Item 15: 11:10

Commission Business

Presenters: Commissioners, Staff, and Former Deputy Director Paul Parker

    – Reflections and Recommendations
    – December & January Meeting Summaries
    – WSTC Operating Policies – Action
    – 2021 Legislative Update
    – Tri-State Meeting Planning
    – Subcommittee Reports

Adjourn: 12:00 p.m.

 

Next Meeting:

March 16-17, 2021
Olympia, WA 

 


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