Meeting Agenda – January 19-20, 2022

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 agenda items, and adjust the time of adjournment as needed.

Wednesday,  January 19, 2022

TVW Meeting Recording

Item 1: 9:30 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Roy Jennings, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 9:35

Request to Approve Planned SR 99 Tunnel Rate Adjustment – ACTION

Presenters: Carl See, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Brent Baker
, Sr. Vice President and Managing Director, WSP USA

The Commission’s current toll regulation for the SR 99 tunnel includes planned toll rate increases of 3% every three years, starting in 2022. The planned rate increase for this year will take effect on July 1, 2022, pending Commission approval.

SR 99 Tunnel Planned Rate Adjustment (pdf 279kb)

Item 3: 9:50

Climate Change Blueprint: Nationally and in Washington State

Presenters: Becky Kelley, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate, Governor Inslee’s Office
Debbie Driver
, Senior Policy Advisor for Transportation, Governor Inslee’s Office
Stu Clark
, Special Assistant to the Director, Washington State Department of Ecology
Kathy Taylor
, Air Quality Program Manager, Washington State Department of Ecology

In 2021, the Washington State Legislature passed the Climate Commitment Act (CCA) which establishes a comprehensive program to reduce carbon pollution and achieve the greenhouse gas limits set in state law. The program will start Jan. 1, 2023. The Commission will be briefed on the efforts underway to meet the implementation deadline and will also hear about climate efforts happening at the national level.

Climate Change Blueprint  (pdf 918kb)
Washington’s Climate Commitment Act (pdf 1.2mb)
Governor Inslee’s 2022 Climate Agenda – Transportation (pdf 256kb)

Item 4: 11:00

Columbia River I-5 Bridge Replacement Program Update

Presenter: Greg Johnson, Program Administrator, Interstate Bridge Replacement

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

IBR Program-Update  (pdf 1mb)

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.

Item 5: 1:00

Secretary’s Report

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

Item 6: 1:15

Tolling Facility Financial Update

Presenter: Carl See, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission

Commission staff will provide an overview of Tacoma Narrows Bridge (TNB) loan assessment results and will review the current timeline for receiving annual financial plan updates on each toll facility.

2022 TNB Loan Update Summary  (pdf 424kb)

Item 7: 1:45

I-405 / SR 167 Express Toll Lanes Corridor Operations Plan Review

Presenter: Jennifer Charlebois, Director of Systems and Engineering Toll Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

WSDOT staff will review operational plans for the future expanded I-405 / SR 167 express toll lanes (ETL) corridor. The opening of the I-405 (ETL) from Bellevue to Renton will unite the existing I-405 and SR 167 facilities to create a 50-mile ETL corridor. Operations of this corridor will need to support a seamless customer experience, effective traffic management, and generate needed revenues.

I405/SR167 Toll Lanes Corridor Operations (pdf 810kb)

Item 8: 2:25

Broadband Deployment within State Highway Right of Way

Presenter: Paul Neal, Senior Counsel, Joint Transportation Committee

JTC staff will brief the Commission on their recent study to identify strategies to increase installation of broadband infrastructure in highway right of way as part of a statewide effort to improve statewide broadband access in Washington State.

Broadband Deployment (pdf 424kb)

Item 9: 2:55

Short Line Rail Inventory & Needs Assessment

Presenter: Dave Catterson, Coordinator, Joint Transportation Committee

The Commission will receive a briefing on the JTC’s update to the Washington State Short Line Rail Inventory and Needs Assessment. This update includes an assessment of the effectiveness of state support for short line rail infrastructure and makes recommendations to the Legislature on ways to improve and enhance state support.

Short Line Rail Assessment (pdf 894kb)

Recess: 3:30


Thursday, January 20, 2022 – Reconvene Day 2

TVW Meeting Recording

Item 10: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Roy Jennings, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 11: 9:05

2022 Legislative Session Overview

Presenter: Jill Satran, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

Commission staff will provide an introduction to the 2022 Legislative Session.

2022 Session Overview  (pdf 225kb)

Item 12: 9:15

Governor’s Supplemental Transportation Budget

Presenter: Erik Hansen, Senior Budget Assistant, Office of Financial Management

The Commission will be briefed on the Governor’s proposed 2022 Supplemental Transportation Budget.

Governor’s Proposed Transportation Supplemental Budget (pdf 527kb)

Item 13: 9:50

Transportation Partners: A Look Ahead at 2022 Legislative Priorities

Presenters: Axel Swanson, Managing Director, Washington State Association of Counties
Brandy DeLange
, Government Relations Advocate, Association of Washington Cities
Justin Leighton
, Executive Director, Washington State Transit Association
Chris Herman
, Senior Director, Washington Public Ports Association

Most trips involve city streets and county roads, including significant freight movement which may begin and end in ports. And public transportation is a vital link in our statewide transportation system. Transportation partners will highlight their fiscal and policy priorities for the 2022 Legislative Session.

Washington State Association of County Engineers  (pdf 1.2mb)
AWC – 2022 Legislative Priorities  (pdf 247kb)
WSTA – 2022 Legislative Priorities  (pdf 195kb)

Break: 10:45

Item 14: 10:55

State Transportation Agency Partners: A Look Ahead at 2022 Legislative Priorities

Presenters: Ashley Probart, Executive Director, Transportation Improvement Board
Jane Wall
, Executive Director, County Road Administration Board
Brian Ziegler
, Executive Director, Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board
Steven Breaux
, Director, Legislative Relations, Washington State Department of Transportation
John Vezina,
Director, Government Relations, Washington State Ferries, Washington State Department of Transportation

State agency partners will share their fiscal and policy priorities for the 2022 Legislative Session.

TIB – State Agency Partners  (pdf 2.2mb)
FMSIB -State Agency Partners  (pdf )

Item 15: 12:00 p.m.

Public Comment

To sign-up for public comment, please put your name and interest in the Q&A box found on-screen during the meeting.

Item 16: 12:10

Commission Business

Presenters: Washington State Transportation Commission Staff

Reema Griffith, Executive Director
Carl See, Deputy Director
Aaron Halbert
, Fiscal Analyst

– Reflections and Recommendations
– December Meeting Summary
– Reports Submitted to the 2022 Legislature

    • Annual Report
    • Tolling Report
    • Road Usage Charge Report
    • Autonomous Vehicle Work Group Report

Adjourn: 1:00


Next Meeting:

February 15 & 16, 2022
Olympia, WA – Virtual



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Title VI Notice to Public

It is the Washington State Transportation Commission’s (WSTC) policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its programs and activities. Any person who believes his/her Title VI protection has been violated, may file a complaint with WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact OEO’s Title VI Coordinator 360-705-7090.

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