Transportation Commission to discuss a pay-per-mile proposal and traffic safety challenges in our state

Transportation Commission Office – PO Box 47308 – Olympia, WA 98504-7308 – 360-705-7070
Contact: Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director, 360-701-7172 (Olympia)

 

Virtual meeting takes place Dec. 13 and 14

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission will cover several topics at its Dec. 13 and 14 meeting, including statewide traffic safety challenges, a statewide road usage charge program, and approaches to addressing possible shortfalls in fuel funding at Washington State Ferries.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, Dec. 13, and Wednesday, Dec. 14. This meeting will be virtual using Zoom. People interested in attending can register on the Commission’s website. TVW will broadcast the meeting live.

The commission will hear from the state Traffic Safety Commission on Tuesday, December 13 about alarming increases in fatalities and injuries on our roadways, suggesting the time has come for significant changes in how to address roadway safety. The Traffic Safety Commission will share current safety trends and possible needed policy changes.

Also on Tuesday, the commission will hold a work session on current research, testing and preparations for a road usage charge program in Washington state. This will include reviewing and selecting recommendations on how to advance a pay-per-mile system. The commission’s recommendations will be provided to the Legislature for consideration in the 2023 legislative session.

Some further highlights of the commission’s two-day meeting include:

  • Federal report on the impacts of driver assist vehicle technology: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will share findings of a recent study on how people use driver assist technology in their daily driving, and the risks that emerge from over reliance.
  • Tolling equity programs across the US: An overview will be provided on the latest approaches to achieving relief for low-income drivers and increasing equity in tolling from across the US.
  • Funding potential ferry fuel shortfalls and ferry performance: Results from a recent survey of the Ferry Riders Opinion Group panel around general performance of the ferry system during the summer season will be shared. Also, results will be provided from a recent public outreach process that gathered input statewide on how to address shortfalls in the state ferry fuel budget when resources run short.
  • Reconnecting communities: An overview of the impacts created when state highways serve as community main streets will be presented. Recent improvement projects done by the city of Bothell to reconnect and revitalize the downtown and increase housing options will be highlighted.

The commission will take public comment at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. Those wishing to speak can sign up during the meeting by posting their name in the Q&A box on-screen. Written comments can also be submitted via email at: transc@wstc.wa.gov.

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

 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information: Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodations by the Commission Office at 360-705-7070 or Transc@wstc.wa.gov. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the event sponsor through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

Title VI Notice to Public
It is the Washington State Transportation Commission’s (WSTC) policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its programs and activities. Any person who believes his/her Title VI protection has been violated, may file a complaint with WSDOT’s s Office of Equity and Civil Rights (OECR). For additional information please contact OECR’s Title VI Coordinator at (360) 705-7090.