Meeting Agenda – March 14-15, 2023

Virtual Meeting Agenda – Olympia, Washington


Public Notice 

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

TVW Meeting Recording

Item 1: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Deborah Young, Vice Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 9:05

On-demand Transit

Presenters: Remi Desa, Chief Operating Officer, Pantonium
Bonnie Powell
, Mechanical Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

On-demand, macro transit solutions optimize service by eliminating transfers, improving ride times, and making public transit more equitable and convenient. Pantonium will provide an overview of current efforts and projects that aim to increase transit ridership, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and costs per ride, and solve the challenges of serving low-density populations.

On-Demand Transit  (pdf 1.1mb)
On-Demand Transit – NREL  (pdf 1.9mb)

Break: 10:00

Item 3: 10:15

Washington State Patrol Impairment Program

Presenter: Lieutenant Jeff Leonard, Section Commander, Washington State Patrol

Impaired driving is a leading factor in Washington traffic deaths. The Washington State Patrol’s Impaired Driving Section runs the agency’s Evidential Breath Test, Drug Evaluation and Classification, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Ignition Interlock programs, and coordinates deployment of the Mobile Impaired Driving Unit.

WSP Impairment Program  (pdf 444kb)

Item 4: 11:00

Modernizing the Transportation Ecosystem

Presenter: Chris Tomlinson, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) represent historic investments in America’s infrastructure. A briefing will be provided on the “Transportation Trends 2022-23” report issued by Deloitte, which addresses five key trends, considering the major federal investments, which are shaping the future of transportation.

US Transportation Trends 2022-23 (pdf 821kb)

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.

Item 5: 12:30

State Highway Right of Way Safety Initiative

Presenters: Tedd Kelleher, Housing Policy Director, Washington State Department of Commerce
Mike Gribner
, Assistant Secretary for Regions, Washington State Department of Transportation
Colin DeForrest
, Homeless Response Manager, Puget Sound Gateway Program,
Washington State Department of Transportation
Andrea Fortune
, Maintenance Manager – Policy, Washington State Department of Transportation
Colin Maloney
, Manager, Community Health Strategies for Homelessness,
Washington State Department of Health

Funding provided by the Legislature allows for new approaches and opportunities to augment city resources to provide shelter and housing options for people experiencing homelessness. An update will be provided on the state’s Right of Way Safety Initiative, a partnership of state and local partners finding solutions for people living homeless in state highway right of way.

Homelessness Impacts on State-Right-of-Way  (pdf 1.9mb)

Item 6: 1:30

Hood River Bridge Traffic & Revenue Study

Presenters: Carl See, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Timothy J. Boesch, AICP PMP Principal Senior Project Manager,
CDM Smith
Lowell Clary, President, Clary Consulting Company

Results of analysis on preliminary tolling scenarios for the Hood River Bridge replacement project will be shared followed by discussion of two final tolling scenarios for final analysis.

Hood River Bridge Traffic and Revenue Study  (pdf 510kb)

Recess: 2:30


Wednesday, March 15, 2023 – Reconvene Day 2

TVW Meeting Recording

Item 7: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Deborah Young, Vice Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 8: 9:05

Commission Business

  • February Meeting Summary
  • 2023 Commission Officer Elections: Appoint Nominating Committee – Action
  • Meeting Logistics and Retreat

Item 9: 9:20

Colman Plaza Naming

Presenters: Patty Rubstello, Assistant Secretary, Washington State Ferries
Phillip Narte
, Tribal Liaison, Washington State Ferries

Washington State Ferries has been working with the Tribes to develop a naming proposal for two plaza areas located at the Colman Dock in Seattle. Washington State Ferries will provide an overview of their efforts and present a naming proposal for consideration.

Colman Dock Plaza Naming  (pdf 1mb)

Item 10: 10:05

I-90 Argonne Overpass Naming Proposal – Action

Presenter: Captain Tracie Meidl, Spokane Police Department

The Spokane Regional Law Enforcement Museum & the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Project have proposed naming the I-90 Argonne/Mullen Road Overpass the “Deputy Joseph M. O’Connor Memorial Overpass.”

Argonne/Mullen Overpass Naming Proposal  (pdf )

Item 11: 10:30

Financial Update on Washington’s Tolled Facilities

Presenters: Carl See, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Jason Richter
, Deputy Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

An overview will be provided on updated financial plans for the SR 99 tunnel and SR 520 Bridge.

Financial Update on Washington’s Tolled Facilities  (pdf 810kb)

Item 12: 10:50

I-405 / SR 167 Express Toll Lanes Rate Setting Policy Discussion

Presenters: Ed Barry, Director of Tolling, Washington State Department of Transportation

Discussion of rate setting policy considerations for I-405 / SR 167 express toll lanes corridor in advance of the opening of the Bellevue to Renton I-405 express toll lanes expected in mid-2025.

I-405/SR 167 ETL Corridor Program  (pdf 186kb)

Item 13: 11:15

2022 Current Conditions in Washington Cities

Presenter: Candice Bock, Government Relations Director, Association of Washington Cities

In 2022, the Association of Washington Cities surveyed cities and towns across the state to learn about current city conditions. This presentation will provide a snapshot of what they learned.

2022 Current City Conditions Survey  (pdf 466kb)

Item 14: 11:45

Secretary’s Report

Presenter: Roger Millar, Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation

An update will be provided on Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) activities.

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.

Item 15: 12:30

State of Washington’s Bridges

Presenters: Evan Grimm, Bridges & Structures Engineer, Washington State Department of Transportation
James Morin, Maintenance, Washington State Department of Transportation
Tim Rydholm, Capital Program Development and Management, Washington State Department of Transportation
Sonia Lowry, Local Programs Bridge Engineer, Washington State Department of Transportation
Derek Pohle, Support, Training, and Compliance Manager, County Road Administration Board

This panel will discuss recent trends, successes, and challenges with both state and local bridges across Washington. The Commission will be briefed by WSDOT on the state bridge inventory, current preservation funding levels, and longer-term trends. WSDOT Local Programs will discuss the role they play in local asset management plans and funding. The County Road Administration Board will discuss the state of county bridges, successes, and challenges.

State of Washington Bridges  (pdf 3.5mb)
State of Washington County Bridges  (pdf 3mb)

Item 16: 1:45

Public Comment

To sign up for public comment, please put your name and interest in the Q&A box found on-screen during the meeting.

Item 17: 2:00

Commission Business

  • 2023 Legislative Session & Engagement Update
  • Update on Route Jurisdiction Transfer requests from City Snoqualmie for Snoqualmie Parkway and City of Ridgefield for SR 501 
  • 2023 Ferry Fare Setting Schedule – Action
  • 2023 Autonomous Vehicle Workgroup Direction – Action
  • Reflections and Recommendations

Adjourn: 2:30

Next Meeting:

April 18-19, 2023
Ellensburg, WA – In-person



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