Meeting Agenda – May 17-18, 2022

Virtual Meeting Agenda – Olympia, Washington

The two-day meeting will be conducted using Zoom Webinar and requires registration to attend. You will need to register for each day separately:

Zoom Meeting Registration – May 18

Meetings are webcast live on TVW


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.

Those wishing to offer comments can do so during the public comment period. Using the Q&A box found on-screen during the meeting, please indicate that you would like to provide comments and include your name. Written comments can be submitted via email at: transc@wstc.wa.gov.

If you plan to engage in this meeting from your car, we encourage you to do so while parked.


Tuesday,  May 17, 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

Secretary’s Report

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

Secretary Millar will provide an update on Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) activities.

Item 3: 9:20

2022 Legislative Wrap Up – Update from State Transportation Agencies

Presenters: Jill Satran, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission
Steven Breaux, Director, Legislative Relations, Washington State Department of Transportation
John Vezina, Director, Government Relations, Washington State Ferries, Washington State Department of Transportation

A legislative wrap up will be provided by staff with the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Ferries, and the Transportation Commission on key outcomes from the 2022 Legislative Session.

Item 4: 10:00

Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Equity Strategy and Advisory Committee

Presenter:  Charles Patton, Program Manager for Equity Policy and Initiatives, Puget Sound Regional Council

PSRC’s Regional Equity Strategy will be reviewed. The PSRC strategy focuses on making equity central to all regional planning activities.

Equity & PSRC (pdf 1mb)

Break: 10:30

Item 5: 10:40

Legislative Wrap Up – Update from Local Partners

Presenters:  Brandy DeLange, Government Relations Advocate, Association of Washington Cities
Axel Swanson, Managing Director, Washington Association of County Engineers
Ashley Probart, Executive Director, Transportation Improvement Board
Brian Ziegler, Executive Director, Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board

Local agency partners will provide a wrap up of the 2022 Legislative Session and key outcomes affecting their stakeholders.

AWC – Legislative Recap (pdf 469kb)
WSAC – Legislative Update  (pdf 1.9mb)
TIB – Legislative Update  (pdf 1.1mb)
FMSIB – Legislative Update  (pdf 382kb)

Item 6: 11:20

Tolling Performance and Financial Update and Tolling Division Annual Report

Presenters: Ed Barry, Director, Tolling Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

An overview of the traffic and revenue performance of Washington State tolled facilities will be provided. Highlights of the Tolling Division’s 2021 Annual Report will also be presented.

Toll Facilities Q3 Traffic & Revenue Actuals Update  (pdf 753kb)

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.

Item 7: 1:00

Autonomous Vehicle Work Group Update

Presenter: Scott Shogan, Vice President, WSP USA

An overview of the AV Work Group’s 2022 schedule and priority issues will be provided. A possible AV pilot proposal will also be discussed that could be recommended to the Legislature in the 2023 session.

AV – Work Group Update  (pdf 645kb)

Item 8: 1:45

Update on Road Usage Charge Research Program & Pilot Planning

Presenter: Travis Dunn, Vice President, CDM Smith

As the WSTC carries out ongoing research on RUC, an update will be provided on the work to date and will also cover planned 2022 efforts underway including planning activities in preparation for implementing several small-scale RUC pilots later this year.

RUC – Update  (pdf 333kb)

Break: 2:30

Item 9: 2:45

Washington State Department of Transportation’s Highway System Plan Update

Presenters: Kerri Woehler, Director, Multimodal Planning, Washington State Department of Transportation
Karena Houser, Statewide Planning Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation

The Highway System Plan (HSP) is the state highway component of the Washington Transportation Plan. The HSP serves as the basis for the six-year capital highway program and the WSDOT’s two-year budget request to the State Legislature.

Highway System Plan – Funding Scenarios  (pdf 1.3mb)

Item 10: 3:30

Legislative Funding for Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Presenter: Emily Randall, State Senator, 26th Legislative District

Perspective and insight will be provided on the passage of Substitute Senate Bill 5488 which provides additional funding to the Tacoma Narrows Toll Bridge Account and states an intent that the Commission will adjust tolls.

Item 11: 3:40

Columbia River I-5 Bridge Replacement Program Update

Presenters: Greg Johnson, Program Administrator, Interstate Bridge Replacement
Frank Green, Assistant Program Administrator, Washington State Department of Transportation

Staff with the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program will provide an update on the Columbia River I-5 Bridge Replacement Project, including the proposed locally preferred design alternative. Staff will also discuss toll setting considerations and key milestones as the Commission prepares to identify the future toll setting process and schedule.

IBR – Program Progress  (pdf 739kb)

Item 12: 4:15

WSDOT Virtual Coordination Center

Presenter: Travis Phelps, Mobility and Technology Manager, Management of Mobility Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

An overview will be provided of the Virtual Coordination Center which is a cloud-based platform that will enable eight Puget Sound public agencies to collaborate in real time, with a goal of improving congestion caused by major incidents.

WSDOT – Virtual Coordination Center  (pdf 1.4mb)

Recess: 5:00

 


Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – Reconvene Day 2

Item 13: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Roy Jennings, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 14: 9:05

Ben Franklin Transit Connect – On-Demand Micro-transit Service

Presenter: Kevin Sliger, Planning & Service Development, Ben Franklin Transit

On-demand, public transit ridesharing offers affordable transportation options for vulnerable and isolated residents in suburban and rural Eastern Washington. Staff with Ben Franklin Transit will provide an overview of Connect, their new on-demand transit service.

Ben Franklin Transit-Connect  (pdf 806.kb)

Item 15: 9:25

Fare Policy Change for Washington State Ferries – Passengers 18 and Under Ride Free – ACTION

Presenters: Aaron Halbert, Financial Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission
Rick Singer, Director, Finance & Administration, Washington State Ferries, Washington State Department of Transportation
Carl See, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission

In 2022, the Legislature provided funding to support the implementation of fare policy change that will allow passengers 18 years of age and under to ride free on Washington State Ferries. The Commission will be provided an overview of the financial and operational analysis of this fare change and will consider a proposed rule change to implement the new policy.

Item 16: 10:00

2022 Legislative Session: Insights on the “Move Ahead Washington” Transportation Package

Presenters: Marko Liias, Senate Transportation Committee Chair
Jake Fey, House Transportation Committee Chair

The Chairs of the Senate and House Transportation Committees will provide insights on the passage of “Move Ahead Washington,” their historic nearly $17 billion package that provides critical funding for transportation over the next 16 years.

Break 10:45

Item 17: 10:55

Initiating the Process of Adjusting Toll Rates on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge – ACTION

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

The 2022 Legislature passed SSB 5488 which provided funding and direction to the Commission to adjust toll rates. The Commission will be briefed on the financial analysis of applying the funding towards a toll rate reduction and will assess the various toll rate scenarios in which a reduction could be applied. The Commission will discuss approaches to gathering public comment.

Item 18: 11:55

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 19: 12:10 p.m.

Commission Business

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

Reflections and Recommendations
June meeting – Clarkston
Hood River Traffic and Revenue Study Update

Adjourn: 12:45

 

Next Meeting:

June 22-23, 2022
Clarkston, WA

 


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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.