State Transportation Commission to meet with regional leaders in Port Angeles

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

September 6, 2018

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

PORT ANGELES – Community leaders and local officials from Port Angeles and the north Olympic Peninsula will meet with the Washington State Transportation Commission next week to share their perspectives on transportation issues, challenges, and successes.

On Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 11, commissioners will tour transportation facilities and projects in Port Angeles and the vicinity, from the Elwha River Bridge to Chicken Coop Road.

The commission meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Council Chambers, Port Angeles City Hall, 321 E Fifth St. This is a public meeting and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

The meeting features a series of short presentations on transportation topics in the region, including an overview from the executive board chair of the Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization. Briefings in the morning focus on the transportation challenges and successes of Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks, Port Townsend, Clallam and Jefferson counties, and the public transportation providers serving the area.

Wednesday afternoon begins with a presentation on the draft long-range plan for Washington State Ferries, which outlines strategies for providing reliable, sustainable and resilient ferry service through 2040 and beyond. The draft long-range plan will be available for review and comment from Monday, Sept. 10, to Thursday, Oct. 25.

The commission will then hear about transportation from the perspective of area tribal governments, followed by a panel discussion on economic development, tourism, recreation and transportation. This panel will provide information from a variety of perspectives including the Port of Port Angeles, Clallam Economic Development Council, Olympic National Park, and Black Ball Lines, the ferry that connects the Olympic peninsula and Vancouver Island.

The Washington State Transportation Commission holds 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 transportation policy recommendations to the State Legislature and Governor that reflect the priorities of the people and local governments throughout the state of Washington. The commission met in Seattle, Walla Walla and Yakima earlier this year and will meet in Oak Harbor in November.

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit:


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