Meeting Agenda – April 20-21, 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, April 20, 2021

TVW Live

Item 1: 1:00 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Presenter: Jerry Litt, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 1:05

Mayor’s Welcome

Presenter: Don Anderson, Mayor, City of Lakewood

Item 3: 1:10

Transportation 101

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

An overview of the fiscal and policy framework of the statewide transportation system.

Transportation 101  (pdf 1.8 mb)

Item 4: 1:40

State Transportation Update

Presenter: John Wynands, Regional Administrator, Olympic Region, Washington State Department of Transportation

WSDOT will provide an overview of WSDOT’s Olympic Region, focusing on projects that most directly impact Lakewood and the surrounding communities.

Olympic Region Update  (pdf 3mb)

Item 5: 2:10

Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Regional Aviation Baseline Study

Presenter: Jason Thibedeau, Principal Economic Development Manager, Puget Sound Regional Council

PSRC is leading a regional aviation baseline study funded by a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The study is assessing the aviation needs in the Puget Sound region and will set the stage for future planning efforts. This presentation will focus on the aviation needs of the South Sound.

PSRC – Regional Aviation Baseline Study (pdf 1.8 mb)

Break: 2:40

Item 6: 2:50

Sound Transit: South Sound Service Update

Presenters: Andrew Austin, South Corridor Government and Community Relations Officer, Sound Transit
Julie Marshall
, Director of Project Transition Office, Sound Transit
David Wright II
, Chief Safety Officer, Sound Transit

Since the December 2017 derailment, safety improvements have been made to the Point Defiance Bypass to restore service and fulfill all subsequent safety audits for increased reliability, reduced travel time, and more frequent service. The Commission will be briefed on rail safety, resumption of service status, and safety enhancements along the Bypass and an overview of Sound Transit’s South Sound expansion plans.

Sound Transit – Service Updates (pdf 804 kb)

Item 7: 3:20

City of Lakewood: Transportation Issues, Challenges, and Successes

Presenters: Paul Bucich, Director, Public Works Engineering, City of Lakewood
John Caulfield
, City Manager, City of Lakewood

Lakewood is the second-largest city in Pierce County with about 60,000 residents and more than 3,200 businesses. The Commission will learn about the City of Lakewood’s transportation improvement investments, including a Multimodal Transportation Study project to increase multimodal connectivity along the I-5 corridor.

City of Lakewood Transportation Past and Future (pdf 2.6 mb)

Item 8: 3:50

Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM): Transportation Issues, Challenges, and Successes

Presenter: Colonel Skye Duncan, Garrison Commander, Joint Base Lewis McChord

Located in the heart of the Puget Sound region, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is the Defense Department’s premiere military installation on the West Coast, serving approx. 290,000 military service members, civilian workers, family members, & military retirees in western WA. This presentation will discuss JBLM’s various transportation needs, including their Power Projection Platform.

Joint Base Lewis McChord (pdf 1 mb)

Recess: 5:00


Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – Reconvene Day 2

TVW Live

Item 9: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Jerry Litt, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 10: 9:05

The Future of I-5 Across the Nisqually Delta

Presenters: Bill Adamson, Program Director, South Sound Military Communities Partnerships
David Troutt
, Director, Natural Resources, Nisqually Tribe
Marc Daily
, Executive Director, Thurston Regional Planning Organization
John Wynands
, Regional Administrator, Olympic Region, Washington State Department of Transportation
Andy Ryder
, Mayor, City of Lacey

The I-5 crossing of the Nisqually Delta represents the intersection of commerce, transportation, and JBLM mission readiness. I-5 has a significant impact on salmon recovery. The Commission will be briefed on planning for replacing I-5 across the Nisqually Delta, balancing transportation needs and environmental concerns and honoring treaty rights.

Crossing Nisqually Delta-South Sound Military Communities Partnerships (pdf 4.2 mb)
Crossing Nisqually Delta – Nisqually Tribe  (pdf 102 mb)
Crossing Nisqually Delta – Thurston Regional Planning Council (pdf 1.3 mb)

Item 11: 10:30

Nisqually Tribe Transportation Issues, Challenges, and Successes

Presenter: Joe Cushman, Director, Planning, Nisqually Tribe

The Nisqually Tribe’s aboriginal homeland is about 2 million acres near the present-day towns of Olympia, Tenino, and Dupont, and extending to Mount Rainier. Today, the tribe has more than 650 enrolled members, most of which live on or near the reservation. Transportation on the reservation is greatly impacted by non-tribal neighbors. The Commission will learn about the tribe’s transportation activities and plans.

Nisqually Indian Tribe – Transportation Overview (pdf 723 kb)

Break: 10:50

Item 12: 11:00

Addressing Transportation Service Disparities

Presenter: Penni Belcher, Director, 2-1-1 Services, United Way Pierce County

South Sound 2-1-1 is a free helpline that connects people facing barriers to hundreds of services and programs including utilities, transportation, behavioral health, housing, and employment. The Commission will learn how the service, launched in early 2020, pivoted during the Pandemic to connect people to groceries and again getting people to vaccination clinics.

211 Ride United – Transportation Access (pdf 87  kb)

Item 13: 11:20

Tacoma Equity Tool

Presenter: Jacques Colon, 2025 Strategic Manager, City of Tacoma

The Tacoma Equity Index is a GIS tool that allows mapping opportunities by census tract and block level across the city for twenty-four indicators. The map is currently being updated and expanded to include all of Pierce County and Tacoma Public Utilities’ service area. The Commission will learn about the tool and how it could be applied to transportation decisions.

Tacoma Equity Index  (pdf 1 mb)

Item 14: 11:40

Translating Data to Operations

Presenter: Lindsey Sehmel, Principal Planner – Scheduling, Pierce Transit

Pierce Transit is incorporating data from the equity index into their service plans. The Commission will be briefed on how Pierce Transit is incorporating available regional data into its fixed route services.

Pierce Transit – Translating Data to Operations  (pdf 534 kb)

Item 15: 12:00 p.m.

Commission Business

–   Reflections and Recommendations
–   March Meeting Summary
–   2021 Legislative Update
–   AV Work Group Proposed Membership Change –  Action

Adjourn: 12:30


Next Meeting:

May 18 & 19, 2021
Olympia, WA – Virtual



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