Meeting Agenda – April 18-19, 2023

Meeting Agenda – Ellensburg, Washington


Ellensburg City Council Chambers
501 N. Anderson St.
Ellensburg, WA


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 either in-person or virtually, after registration online. To sign up for virtual comment, using the Q&A box found on-screen during the meeting, please indicate your name and that you would like to provide comments. Written comments can also be submitted via email at:

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


Tuesday, April 18, 2023

 TVW Meeting Recording

Item 1: 1:00 p.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Roy Jennings, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 1:10

Mayor’s Welcome

Presenter: Nancy Lillquist, Mayor, City of Ellensburg

Mayor Welcome  (pdf 3mb)

Item 3: 1:20

Transportation Update

Presenters: Reema Griffith, Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Carl See
, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Paula Reeves
, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission
Aaron Halbert
, Financial Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

An overview will be provided on the current fiscal and policy framework of the statewide transportation system.

Transportation Update  (pdf 1.3mb)

Item 4: 1:45

Quad County Regional Transportation Issues: The Big Picture

Presenter: Josh Fredrickson, Chair, Quad-Co RTPO and Kittitas County Engineer

This fast-growing and vital agricultural region of the state includes rural and urban areas with varied needs, but safety, preservation, quality of life, and economic viability are common drivers. An overview of successes including the STEER I-90 Coalition and Snoqualmie Pass Comprehensive Safety Action Plan, and regional transportation planning will be provided.

QUADCO RTPO  (pdf 319kb)

Break: 2:15

Item 5: 2:30

City of Ellensburg: Transportation Challenges and Successes

Presenters: Heidi Behrends Cerniwey, City Manager, City of Ellensburg
Ryan Lyyski
, Public Works Director, City of Ellensburg
Betsy Dunbar
, Transit Manager, City of Ellensburg

The City of Ellensburg will discuss their transportation challenges and successes highlighting new developments, connections with partners including Central Washington University.

City of Ellensburg  (pdf 1.2mb)
Central Transit (pdf 2mb)

Item 6: 3:15

Economic Development in Kittitas County

Presenters: Donald Meseck, Regional Economist, Washington Department of Employment Security
Commissioner Cory Wright
, Kittitas County Commission
Steve DuPont
, Government Relations Director, Central Washington University
Brenda DeVore
, Executive Director, Ellensburg Downtown Association

Four perspectives from entities in the region guiding economic development will be shared. Each agency or organization will discuss the role transportation plays in supporting business and growing the economy of the area.

Kittitas County Economic Update  (pdf 964kb)
Kittitas County Today (pdf 1.6mb)
Central Washington University Aviation Program  (pdf 163kb)
Downtown Ellensburg  (pdf 2mb)

Item 7: 4:00

Accessibility Services in Ellensburg and Kittitas County

Presenters: Madelyn Carlson, Chief Executive Officer, People for People
Mayra Colazo, Executive Director, Central Washington Disability Resources

Accessible transportation is critical to quality of life in the region. Planning efforts and recent successes will be discussed.

People for People  (pdf 15mb)
Central Washington Disability Resources  (pdf 835kb)

Item 8: 4:30

Hood River Bridge Traffic & Revenue Study – ACTION

Presenters: Carl See, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Timothy J. Boesch, AICP PMP Principal Senior Project Manager, CDM Smith

Two final tolling scenarios for WSTC’s Hood River Bridge Traffic & Revenue Study will be discussed and selected.

Hood River Bridge T&R Study Update  (pdf 466kb)

Closing and Recess: 5:00

Commissioner Dinner – 6:00 p.m.
Ellensburg Pasta Company


Wednesday, April 19, 2023 – Reconvene Day 2

TVW Meeting Recording

Item 9: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Roy Jennings, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 10: 9:05

Commission Business

  •  March Meeting Summary
  • Update on Commission Officer Nominations

Item 11: 9:15

Tribal Transportation Challenges and Successes

Presenters: Portia Shields, Engineering, Yakama Nation
HollyAnna Littlebull, Traffic and Safety Coordinator, Yakama Nation

The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation has an estimated 11,000 members, serve as one of the largest employers in the region, and their land along the Yakima River covers an area of approximately 1.2 million acres. They will discuss some recent transportation successes as well as challenges.

Yakama Nation  (pdf 1.3kb)

Item 12: 9:35

Quad County Region: Feature Cities

Presenters: Mayor Richard Hink Jr., City of Kittitas
Christa Stream
, City Administrator, City of Kittitas
Allison Williams
, City Manager, Moses Lake

Two cities representing the Quad County region will share successes and challenges in operating and maintaining extensive systems of community streets and roads serving a diverse set of needs including those of farmers, businesses, the public, etc.

City of Kittitas  (pdf 243kb)
City of Moses Lake  (pdf 800kb)

Break: 10:15

Item 13: 10:30

Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Overview

Presenters: Troy Suing, South Central Region Assistant Administrator, Program Management, Washington State Department of Transportation
Brian White, South Central Region Assistant Administrator, Development, Washington State Department of Transportation

An overview will be provided of WSDOT’s South Central Region, including planned and active projects, and maintenance in the area.

WSDOT Regional Overview (pdf 14mb)

Item 14: 11:00

Yakima Air Terminal Development

Presenters: Mayor Janice Deccio, City of Yakima
Robert Hodgman, Airport Director, Yakima Air Terminal/McAllister Field
Patricia Byers, Yakima City Council

Yakima Airport has been an important gateway to and from the Yakima Valley since the 1920s, serving over 70,000 passengers each year. This presentation will provide an update on plans for development and expansion of services at the airport.

Yakima Air Terminal Airport Expansion  (pdf 648kb)

Item 15: 11:30

Public Comment

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

Item 16: 11:40

Commission Business

  • Commissioner Reflections and Reports

Adjourn: 12:00 p.m.

Next Meeting:

May 16 & 17, 2023
Olympia, WA – In-person/Hybrid Meeting



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 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.


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 Equity and Civil Rights (OECR). For additional information please contact OECR’s Title VI Coordinator 360-705-7090.


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