State Transportation Commission meets in Seattle to discuss regional transportation issues next week

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

March 8, 2018

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

SEATTLE – Local officials and community leaders from Seattle and King County will meet with the Washington State Transportation Commission on Wednesday, March 14, to share their perspectives on transportation issues, challenges, and successes in the region.

The commission meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the board room of the Puget Sound Regional Council, Fifth Floor, 1011 Western Ave., Seattle. This is a public meeting and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled at 4:10 p.m.

The city of Seattle is not only one of the fastest growing urban centers in the country, it also is in midst of a transformational change in its transportation network. These changes are wide-ranging – from replacing an elevated freeway with a deep tunnel, to improved transit options for public school students. Commissioners will be briefed on these projects, as well the growing number of transportation options for people who want to walk, bike, or use transit to get around.

Another session will include a briefing on major changes taking place on the Seattle waterfront that began with the rebuild of the Elliott Bay seawall. Those changes will include new Alaskan Way and Elliott Way surface streets, a pedestrian promenade, a renovated ferry terminal, and improved connections between center-city neighborhoods and Elliott Bay.

In the afternoon, the meeting’s focus will turn to tolling for the SR 99 tunnel project. Information will be provided on tunnel tolling considerations and toll rates, as well as the commission’s schedule for toll setting.

This will be followed by a panel of community leaders from business and organizations who will share their perspectives on the long-term benefits and challenges related to transportation changes underway in the greater Seattle area, in the downtown Seattle core, and regionally.

The Washington State Transportation Commission holds several meetings throughout the state each year to gain insight from local government, industry and citizens about transportation issues that affect their communities and region. This information helps the commission to develop policies and recommendations to the State Legislature and Governor that reflect the priorities of the people and local governments throughout the State of Washington. In 2018, the commission also will meet in Yakima, Walla Walla, Port Angeles, and Oak Harbor.


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