Meeting Agenda – December 12-13, 2023

Virtual Meeting Agenda – Olympia, Washington


Meetings are webcast live on TVW

For those unable to attend the meeting virtually, the commission will offer viewing accommodation in its office building at 2404 Chandler Court SW, Olympia, WA 98502.

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.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

TVW Meeting Recording

Item 1: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Debbie Young, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 9:05

Statewide Transportation Safety Challenges

Presenters: Pam Pannkuk, Deputy Director, Washington Traffic Safety Commission
Staci Hoff, Research Director, Washington Traffic Safety Commission
Edica Esqueda
, Program Manager, Washington Traffic Safety Commission
Dan Cooke, Administrator, Licensing, Endorsements, and Traffic Safety Program, Department of Licensing
Captain Jason Linn
, Washington State Patrol
John Milton, Director, Transportation and Systems Analysis Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington’s Target Zero Plan successfully drove down fatalities on Washington roadways for many years, but the curve is now trending upward. Over the course of just a few years, traffic fatalities have increased 29 percent, from 538 in 2019 to 750 in 2022, reaching a 20-year high. During this time, all high-risk behaviors and factors contributing to fatal crashes have increased. This important panel discussion will provide an update on efforts to curb these trends, including infrastructure investments, new initiatives underway including cameras in work zones, testing requirements, and more.

Washington Traffic Safety Commission  (pdf 776kb
Department of Licensing (pdf 1.1mb)
Washington State Patrol  (pdf 2.8mb)
WSDOT Highway Safety Approach  (pdf 1.3mb)

Break: 10:30

Item 3: 10:45

Equity Planning Panel

Presenters: Mariia Zimmerman, Strategic Advisor for Technical Assistance and Community Solutions, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
Jim Cooper
, President and CEO, United Ways of the Pacific Northwest
Rad Cunningham
, Manager, Climate and Health, Washington State Department of Health
Jeffrey Bryant, PhD
, Supervising Spatial Epidemiologist, Washington State Department of Health
Dr. Jeremy Hess
, Director of the UW Center for Health and the Global Environment, University of Washington

For the first time in our nation’s history, the federal government has made it a goal that 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution. Additionally at the state level, Washington now has its first statewide law to create a coordinated and collaborative approach to environmental justice, making it a priority and part of the mission of key state agencies. This presentation will discuss new planning tools for use in planning for climate change, energy efficiency, transit, housing, and transportation.

USDOT Equity  (pdf 1.2mb)
Environmental Health Disparities Map  (pdf 866kb)
UW Transportation, Climate Change, and Health Equity  (pdf 1.3mb)

Lunch: 12:30 p.m.

Item 4: 1:00

Establishing a Resilient Transportation System

Presenters: Paula Hammond, National Transportation Market Leader, WSP USA
Donna Gerardi Riordan
, Executive Director, Washington State Academy of Sciences
Bart Treece, Director
, Mobility Innovation Center, University of Washington

Washington state is poised to be a leader in the energy transition to support transportation electrification and decarbonization, but there is much to do to realize this potential and support a resilient system to safely move people and goods in the face of the effects of climate change. This presentation will share observations from a roundtable on transportation resiliency convened by the Washington State Academy of Sciences in collaboration with the Mobility Innovation Center at the University of Washington.

Washington State Academy of Sciences  (pdf 3.7mb)

Item 5: 1:45

Advanced Transportation Technologies Study – Preliminary Report – ACTION

Presenters:  Craig Baxter, Project Manager, CDM Smith
Terri Slack
, Vice President, CDM Smith
Todd Hammond
, Project Technical Leader, CDM Smith
Jeff Doyle
, Transportation Advisory Specialist, CDM Smith
Andrew McClean
, Transportation Policy Specialist, CDM Smith

The enacted 2023-25 Transportation Budget (ESHB 1125) directed the Washington State Transportation Commission to carry out a study assessing approaches to increasing safety and compliance of HOV lanes, ETLs, tolled facilities, and construction zones, facilitated by advanced technologies. CDM Smith will present preliminary findings and ask for Commission action to advance the preliminary report to the 2024 Legislature.

Advanced Transportation Technologies Study  (pdf 1.2mb)

Item 6: 2:30

Advanced Transportation Technologies Study – Vendor Overview

Presenters: Francisco Torrealba, Chief Executive Officer, Blissway
Paul Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer, Carma Technology
Katy Linburg, Vice President of Operations, Carma Technology
Pete Marshall, Director of Project Management, D2 Traffic Technologies
Karim Ali, Chief Executive Officer, Invision

Selected transportation technology vendors identified as having solutions that increase safety and compliance of HOV lanes, ETLs, tolled facilities, and construction zones, as established for the Advanced Transportation Technologies Study, will present on their technology solutions.

Blissway  (pdf 4.7mb)
GoCarma  (pdf 30mb)
D2 Traffic Technologies  (pdf 2.3mb)

Break: 3:15

Item 7: 3:30

Seattle Autonomous Vehicle Testing

Presenters:  Armand Shahbazian, Electric and Automated Mobility Lead, City of Seattle

An update will be provided on the recent autonomous vehicle testing permits issued by City of Seattle. Speakers will discuss Seattle’s work with Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) Public Sector Advisory Council and their recent kick-off of an inclusive planning process with communities and private sector partners.

Seattle Autonomous Vehicle Testing  (pdf 2.7mb)

Item 8: 4:00

Autonomous Vehicle Work Group – Final Report – ACTION

Presenters: Markell Moffett, Transportation Revenue Systems, CDM Smith
William Covington, Director, Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic Teaching Professor, University of Washington
Sasha Tavitian, student, University of Washington School of Law
Max Del Real, student, University of Washington School of Law
Kyle Kennedy, student, University of Washington School of Law

Since 2018, the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Work Group has been advising the Commission and Legislature on considerations and policy needs supporting preparations for AV operations on public roadways in the future. The Commission will receive an overview of the final input gathered from the Work Group and review the draft final report and “Roadmap to the Future” legacy deliverable that will be submitted to the Governor and Legislature in January 2024.

AV Work Group Final Report (pdf 1.7mb)

Recess: 5:00


Wednesday, December 13, 2023 – Reconvene Day 2

TVW Meeting Recording

Item 9: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Debbie Young, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 10: 9:05

Commission Business

  • November Meeting Summary
  • Commission Policies and Procedures Manual – ACTION
  • Ridgefield Route Jurisdiction Transfer, Bill modifying State Route 501 – ACTION
  • Annual Report Final Draft– ACTION
  • Tolling Report Final Draft– ACTION

Break: 10:00

Item 11: 10:15

I-405 / SR 167 ETL Tolling Scenarios – ACTION

Presenters: Carl See, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Ed Barry
, Director of Tolling, Washington State Department of Transportation
Karl Westby
, Senior Traffic Manager, I-405 Program, Washington State Department of Transportation

The Commission will be briefed on final financial and performance analysis around possible toll rate changes for I-405 express toll lanes and SR 167 HOT lanes and will select a preferred toll rate scenario. This will initiate the public comment period, which will conclude with a public hearing in late January 2024. Toll rate changes are expected to take effect by March 2024.

I-405 / SR 167 ETL Tolling Scenarios  (pdf 506kb)

Item 12: 10:45

Performance Update on Washington’s Tolled Facilities

Presenter:  Ed Barry, Director of Tolling, Washington State Department of Transportation

An overview will be provided on the traffic and revenue performance of the state’s tolled facilities for April through September 2023.

Performance Update – Washington Tolled Facilities  (pdf 513kb)

Item 13: 11:10

Update: State Transportation Revenue Forecast

Presenters: Carl See, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Ed Barry,
Director of Tolling, Washington State Department of Transportation
Todd Lamphere
, Director Finance and Administration, Washington State Ferries

The latest quarterly transportation revenue forecast results were released in November 2023. An overview of the forecast will be provided with a focus on toll and ferry fare revenues.

Transportation Forecast Overview  (pdf 451kb)
Washington Toll Facilities Revenue Forecast  (pdf 210kb
Washington State Ferries Revenue Forecast  (pdf 316kb)

Item 14: 11:50

WSDOT Secretary’s Report

Presenter:  Kerri Woehler, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation

An update will be provided on Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) activities.

Item 15: 12:00 p.m.

Road Usage Charge Final Report – ACTION

Presenter: Travis Dunn, Vice President, CDM Smith

The current federally funded road usage charge research program, Forward Drive, which has been underway since 2020, is wrapping up. The commission will be briefed on the findings and final report to be issued to the Legislature and Governor in January 2024.

Road Usage Charge  (pdf 2mb)

Item 16: 12:45

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 17: 1:00

Commission Business

  • Commission Reflections and Recommendations

Adjourn: 1:15


Next Meeting:

January 17-18, 2024 – Virtual Meeting


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