Meeting Agenda – February 15-16, 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.


Tuesday,  February, 15, 2022

TVW Meeting Recording

Item 1: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Roy Jennings, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 9:05

Transportation Trends Emerging from COVID

Presenters: Bryan Mistele, CEO INRIX, Inc.
Bob Pishue
, Transportation Analyst, INRIX, Inc.

The Commission will be briefed on the effects of the pandemic on the state’s transportation systems, focusing in on the Puget Sound Region. Representatives from INRIX, a global analytics firm based in Kirkland, will provide insights into transportation trends resulting from the impact of COVID-19.

Transportation Trends Emerging from COVID  (pdf 866kb)

Item 3: 9:45

Transitioning to Electric Vehicles

Presenter: Matthew Metz, Founder and Co-Executive Director, Coltura

A briefing will be given on a recent report issued by Coltura, that takes an in-depth look at “gas superusers” defined as drivers in the top 10% of fossil fuel consumption. The report analyzes electric vehicle incentives and other options for transitioning “superusers” to cleaner burning vehicles.

Transitioning to Electric Vehicles  (pdf 925kb)

Item 4: 10:15

Vehicle Miles of Travel (VMT) Reduction Targets and Strategies

Presenters: Kerri Woehler, Multimodal Planning Director, Washington State Department of Transportation
Celeste Gilman,
Deputy Director, Regional Transit Coordination Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington’s recently updated state energy strategy identifies reducing vehicle miles of travel (VMT) as a key strategy to reducing transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions. Effectively reducing VMT will require a blending of strategic land use planning and providing multimodal transportation options. A progress update will be provided on the fulfillment of legislative direction to develop a process for setting local VMT targets, a suite of strategies to achieve those targets, and an estimate of the funding needs to achieve those targets.

VMT Report Overview and Status  (pdf 1.2mb)

Break: 10:50

Item 5: 11:00

Next Generation Highways – A Reimagined Interstate

Presenter: Morgan Putnam, Founder, NGI Consulting

Next Generation Highways are designed to help states meet clean energy, reliability, resiliency, carbon reduction and connectivity goals, using existing infrastructure rights-of-way. The Commission will hear about work under way to advance the co-location of utilities and technology within state highway right of way.

NextGen Highways (pdf 1.5mb)

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.

Item 6: 1:00

Transit Services Today & Assessing What the Future Holds

Presenters: Brian Lagerberg, Director Public Transportation Division, Washington State Department of Transportation
Colin Pippin-Timco
, Community Engagement Supervisor, Public Transportation Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

The Commission will be briefed on two major annual reporting efforts, the Summary of Public Transportation and the Public Transportation Mobility Report. These provide data and stories from public transportation partners as they’ve responded to the pandemic. Findings from “Rethinking Transit and Mobility” workshops will also be discussed, including prioritizing human services and equity in public transportation; expanding public transportation service; and deploying technology and mobility tools to promote access to services.

Public Transportation Division Reporting (pdf 540kb)

Item 7: 1:30

SR 520 Bridge Self-Insurance Evaluation

Presenters: Streator Johnson, Administrative Risk Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation
Jason Siems
, State Risk Manager, Department of Enterprise Services

The SR 520 bridge project’s bonding approach requires that the state maintain insurance on the bridge to ensure debt payments will continue in the event tolling revenues are disrupted. Results will be shared, from a recent evaluation of the costs, benefits, and associated risks of pursuing a self-insurance option.

2021 – SR520 Bridge Self-Insurance  (pdf 223kb)

Item 8: 2:00

Washington Maritime Blue and Quiet Sound

Presenters: Joshua Berger, President, CEO Washington Maritime Blue
Rachel Aronson
, Program Director, Quiet Sound Washington Maritime Blue

The Commission will be briefed on how the public/private collaborative, Washington Maritime Blue, is leading efforts to create a sustainable blue economy in the Puget Sound. This briefing will also cover Quiet Sound, another collaborative Maritime Blue program, is focused on protecting marine life by cutting underwater noise in the Puget Sound caused by large vessels such as ferries and cargo ships.

Washington Maritime blue (pdf 2.2mb)
Maritime Blue and Quiet Sound  (pdf 2.3mb)

Item 9: 3:00

Secretary’s Report

Presenter: Amy Scarton, Deputy Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation

Deputy Secretary Scarton will update the Commission on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s activities.

Recess: 3:15


Wednesday, February 16, 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

Move Ahead Washington Overview

Presenters: Jill Satran, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission
Carl See
, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission

“Move Ahead Washington” was recently released – a 16-year, new revenue proposal providing funding for transportation needs statewide. An overview will be provided of the $16 billion of investments included in this proposed package.

Item 12: 9:20

2021 Washington State Ferries Performance Measures Report

Presenter: Donna Thomas, Transportation Planning Specialist, Washington State Ferries, Washington State Department of Transportation

The Commission will be briefed on the results of the 2021 Washington State Ferries (WSF) report on performance as measured by a variety of metrics. For the past 10 years, WSF has measured and reported on their progress toward meeting 17 capital, operational, and customer performance goals. Results of this year’s performance measure report will be provided along with insights into actions that will address on-going challenges.

WSF – FY21 WSF Annual Performance Report (pdf 146kb)

Item 13: 9:50

Puget Sound Regional Council – Regional Transportation Plan

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

PSRC’s draft Regional Transportation Plan lays out a regional strategy for the wide variety of investments and services that make up the region’s transportation system and describes how the region will address the current and emerging travel needs identified by people in the region.

Regional Transportation Plan (pdf 2.1mb)

Break: 10:20

Item 14: 10:30

Update – Washington’s Maritime Industry

Presenters: Eric ffitch, Senior Government Relations Manager, Port of Seattle &
Board Member, Washington Maritime Federation
Charlie Costanzo, Executive Director, Puget Sound Pilots & Board Member, Washington Maritime Federation

Washington’s working waterfronts are a major contributor to the state’s economic strength and the maritime industry represents a vital component of the state’s freight waterborne transportation system. The Commission will hear from the Washington Maritime Federation about the challenges and opportunities facing this critical industry sector.

Washington Maritime Industry  (pdf 1mb)

Item 15: 11:15

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: 11:30

Commission Business

– Reflections and Recommendations
– January Meeting Summary
– Upcoming meeting in Union Gap
– Legislative Update

Adjourn: 12:30


Next Meeting:

March 15 & 16, 2022
Olympia, WA – Virtual



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