Transportation Commission to name a portion of SR 530 near Oso during its February 20 & 21 meeting

Transportation Commission Office – PO Box 47308 – Olympia, WA 98504-7308
(360) 705-7070

Date: February 13, 2019

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

OLYMPIA – At its February meeting, the Washington State Transportation Commission will act on a request from members of the Oso community to recognize the 43 people who perished in the catastrophic landslide of March 22, 2014. At 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, the commission will hear from members of the Oso community and designate the portion of State Route 530, from milepost 22 to milepost 45, the “Oso Slide Memorial Highway.” The Washington State Department of Transportation will place signs on SR 530 before the 5-year anniversary of the slide.

Other major topics on the agenda include ferry service, planning for active transportation, and innovative transportation initiatives. 

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Wednesday, Feb. 20, and Thursday, Feb. 21, 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 two public comment periods during the meeting see agenda for detail.

Wednesday’s meeting begins with a report on the results of the just-completed survey of the Ferry Riders’ Opinion Group survey panel on several policy issues regarding Washington State Ferries, including fare policy and customer service issues. Following this briefing, two faculty members with the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, will report on their study of ticketing and loading procedures at the Fauntleroy ferry dock and suggest ways to improve terminal operations. Some of their recommendations may affect fare setting and policy by the commission this spring.

Washington State Ferries staff also will provide an overview of its biennial review of safety performance, service effectiveness, cost containment and capital program effectiveness.

On Wednesday afternoon, the commission will learn about collaborative ventures by King County Metro and Pierce Transit with transportation network companies to improve public transportation service and reduce operating costs. Then, City of Tacoma Councilman Ryan Mello will brief the commission on its exploration of passenger ferry service between Tacoma and Seattle.

Wednesday’s meeting concludes with a report from WSDOT’s Active Transportation Division on updating the state plan for bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

Thursday morning features presentations on two more innovative transportation initiatives: options for transit-oriented development at Kirkland’s Kingsgate Park and Ride on Interstate 405, and digital infrastructure for the emergence of autonomous vehicles. The meeting concludes with a presentation of the Report Card for Washington’s Infrastructure developed by the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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