Meeting Agenda – October 19-20, 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,  October 19, 2021

TVW Meeting Recording



ACES Northwest Network | Pacific Northwest Economic Region

An event co-sponsored by ACES Northwest, Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER), and the Washington State Transportation Commission

This work session will explore how technology is being leveraged for a clean and efficient future. Topics to be covered include: trucking and rail automation and what’s happening on the ground and in the cloud; Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), focusing on what’s taking flight in our state; and perspectives on agricultural automation, supporting the $50 billion economic impact generated by this vital Washington State industry.

Work Session Agenda: 9:00 am – 11:30 am

9:00 a.m.

Work Session Kick Off

Roy Jennings, Chair, Washington State Transportation
Bruce Agnew, Director, Cascadia / ACES NW Network
Scott Kuznicki, Associate Director, ACES Northwest Network

Work Session Kickoff  (pdf 2mb)

9:10 a.m.

Technology & Electrification Revolutionize Logistics & Operations

Chuck Winder, Senator, Idaho State Senate
Stephanie Bowman, Commissioner, Port of Seattle
John Rich, Chief Technology Officer, PACCAR
Mufaddal Ezzy, Senior Director Public Affairs and State & Local Government Relations, Aurora
Dave Maday, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Aurora
Zak Andersen, Vice President Corporate Relations, BNSF

Port of Seattle (pdf 1.5mb)
PACCAR (pdf 3.6mb)
Aurora (pdf 1.6mb)
BNSF (pdf )

10:30 a.m.


10:40 a.m.

Automation & Agriculture

Robert Saik, Founder & CEO, AGvisorPRO
Robert Blair, Vice President of Agriculture Aigen, Farmer, Three Canyon Farms

Food 5.0 – How We Feed The Future  (pdf 3.4mb)
Precision Agriculture & Drones  (pdf 2mb)

11:00 a.m.

Advanced Air Mobility Taking Flight

Nathan Trail, Manager, State & Local Policy UAM Division, Hyundai Motor Group
Adrienne Lindgren, Senior Manager, Global Partnerships, Hyundai Motor Group

Hyundai Advanced Air Mobility (pdf 2mb)

11:30 a.m.

Conclusions & Wrap-up

Bruce Agnew, Director, Cascadia / ACES NW Network

Regular Commission Meeting Resumes

Item 1: 11:35 a.m.

Rail Update

Presenter: Ron Pate, Director, Rail, Freight, and Ports Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

The Commission will hear about the status of WSDOT’s rail program, related studies and requests, and future opportunities.

Rail Update  (pdf 517kb)

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.

Item 2: 1:00

COVID-19 Impacts – One Year Later

Presenters: Kelly Koster, Director of Marketing, Luum
Justin Leighton
, Executive Director, Washington State Transit Association
Robyn Austin
, Recovery Planning Team Deputy Lead, King County Metro
Axel Swanson
, Managing Director, Washington State Association of County Engineers
Brandy DeLange
, Government Relations Advocate, Association of Washington Cities
Chris Herman
, Senior Director for Trade & Transportation, Washington Public Ports Association

The COVID-19 Pandemic disrupted and altered our transportation system. This panel of industry leaders will provide insights into how the COVID-19 Pandemic is impacting their operations over a year later.

Thoughts on the Commute (pdf 3.2mb)
Washington State Transit Association-COVID-19 Update (pdf 842kb)
Metro’s COVID-19 Recovery Planning (pdf 347kb)
County Transportation Needs (pdf 207kb)
City Transportation Needs (pdf 313kb)
Washington Public Ports Association-COVID-19 Impact  (pdf 258kb)

Break: 3:00

Item 3: 3:10

Urban Freight: Current Challenges and a Path Forward

Presenter: Dr. Anne Goodchild, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

The significant growth in home delivery of goods during the COVID-19 Pandemic has increased the demand being placed on city streets and neighborhoods. Information will be shared on how this growth has accelerated a paradigm shift in freight movement, highlighting the University of Washington’s efforts to engage private sector industries in its research and pilot testing of low emission, last mile delivery solutions in the Puget Sound.

Urban Freight  (pdf 2.3mb)

Item 4: 4:10

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Statewide Planning Overview

Presenters: Marshall Elizer, Assistant Secretary, Multimodal Development & Delivery, Washington State Department of Transportation
Kerri Woehler
, Director, Multimodal Planning Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

WSDOT will describe its work to better align regional planning and statewide multimodal planning needs, with a focus on the multimodal Highway System Plan.

Statewide Planning Overview  (pdf 1.7mb)

Recess: 5:00


Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – Reconvene Day 2

TVW Meeting Recording


Item 5: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Roy Jennings, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 6: 9:05

Autonomous Vehicle Work Group Update – ACTION


Commissioner Jim Restucci, Chair, Autonomous Vehicle Work Group

AV Work Group Executive Committee Update & Next Steps

Scott Shogan, Vice President, WSP

AV Subcommittee Updates

Safety Subcommittee:
Debi Besser, Program Manager, Washington Traffic Safety Commission

Health & Equity Subcommittee:
Andrew L. Dannenberg, Co-Chair, Medical Doctor, Master of Public Health

Licensing Subcommittee:
Jill Johnson, Legislative and Special Project Manager, Washington State Department of Licensing
Drew Wilder, Co-Chair, Compliance Manager, Vicarious Liability Risk Management LLC

System Technology & Data Security:
Zack Hudgins, Co-Chair, Privacy Manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer

Liability Subcommittee:
David Forte, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner

At the direction of the Legislature, the Commission has established the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Work Group and is charged with identifying policy and regulatory needs in order to accommodate AVs on our public roadways. The project team will provide an overview of the Work Group’s efforts and explorations in 2021, review the Commission’s draft 2021 report to the Legislature, and agency subcommittees will provide updates on their work.

AV Work Group Updates  (pdf 915kb)

Item 7: 10:35

Secretary’s Report

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

Item 8: 10:50

Public Comment

Break: 11:00

Item 9: 11:10

Work Session: 2021 Annual Report Development

Item 10: 11:50

Commission Business

Presenters: Reema Griffith, Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Carl See, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission

– Reflections and Recommendations
– September Meeting Summary
– 2022 Meeting Locations & Dates – ACTION
– Review Eligible Ferry Naming Proposals
– Preparations for the 2022 Tolling Report

Adjourn: 1:00

Next Meeting:

November 16 & 17, 2021
Ocean Shores, WA – Virtual



Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information

Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodations by contacting the Commission Office at (360) 705-7070 or Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the event sponsor through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

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