State Transportation Commission to meet with regional leaders in Oak Harbor next week

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

Nov. 8, 2018

Contact:  Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070

State Transportation Commission to meet with regional leaders in Oak Harbor next week.

OAK HARBOR – Community leaders and local officials from Island County will meet with the Washington State Transportation Commission next week to share their perspectives on transportation issues, challenges, and successes.

On Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13, commissioners will tour transportation facilities and projects on Whidbey Island, from the Deception Pass Bridge to the Clinton Ferry Terminal and the Coupeville Wharf.

The commission meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Council Chambers, Oak Harbor City Hall, 865 SE Barrington Drive. 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 Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization. Briefings on Wednesday morning focus on the transportation challenges and successes of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Langley, Island County, and Island Transit. Staff from the Camano Center will describe the unique transportation challenges confronting senior citizens and youth who live on Camano Island. 

On Wednesday afternoon Amy Scarton, Assistant Secretary for Washington State Ferries, will discuss with the commission the public response to the draft long-range plan for WSF, possible revisions to the draft plan, and work that WSF and the commission will begin to revise ferry operational strategies. The Washington State Department of Transportation will submit a final long-range plan to the Governor and Legislature in January.

The commission will then hear about Island County transportation from the perspective of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the Island County Economic Development Commission, Island County Tourism, and Island County Public Health. The afternoon concludes with a presentation by the North Sound Transportation Alliance on their work to improve regional connections between Island County and the San Juan Islands with the mainland communities in Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish counties.

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 Port Angeles, Seattle, Walla Walla and Yakima earlier this year.

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

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