Ferry topics and legislative preview are highlights for Transportation Commission meeting, Jan. 18-19

Transportation Commission Office – PO Box 47308 – Olympia, WA 98504-7308

Date: January 12, 2017

Contact: Reema Griffith, WSTC Executive Director, 360-705-7070 (Olympia)

OLYMPIA – Results from the latest Ferry Riders Opinion Group survey, developments in passenger ferry service, and an overview of ferry fare setting will be discussed when the State Transportation Commission meets next week in Olympia.

The meeting starts 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. This meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday and at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday.

Wednesday’s meeting begins with presentations from transportation partners representing cities, counties, ports and public transit highlighting their fiscal and policy priorities for the 2017 legislative session. City of Seattle staff will share the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan and its new housing strategy. Transportation and land use throughout the Puget Sound region is impacted by the population and employment growth in the state’s largest city.

On Wednesday afternoon, the commission will hear the results of the last of four surveys conducted during 2016 to assess the performance of Washington State Ferries. The 24,000-member Ferry Riders’ Opinion Group provides valuable information about travel behavior, satisfaction with WSF performance on key attributes, and opinions regarding issues facing the state ferry system. Anticipating fare setting in 2017, WSF staff will brief commissioners on the policies and considerations that shape fare setting for the 11 WSF routes. The final briefing on Wednesday will focus on the past, present, and possible future of passenger ferry service.

On Thursday morning, the commission will receive an update on the Gateway Program, which connects State Route 509 and State Route 167 to Interstate 5. The program was included in the 2015 legislative Connecting Washington transportation package and assumes toll revenue as part of the funding structure for the project. Another briefing will focus on public transportation, including the most recent progress by public transit agencies in central Puget Sound to integrate and coordinate their work.

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: wstc.wa.gov



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