Highway safety efforts and ultra-high-speed rail on the agenda for Transportation Commission’s meeting

Transportation Commission Office – PO Box 47308 – Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Contact: Reema Griffith, WSTC Executive Director, 360-705-7070 (Olympia)


Virtual meeting takes place May 15-16

OLYMPIA – Improving roadway safety, tolling efforts on multiple Puget Sound highways and an update on ultra-high-speed rail planning are among the items to be discussed during the Washington State Transportation Commission’s May 15-16 meeting.

The public is invited to attend the virtual meeting, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, on Zoom. Those wishing to attend virtually may register for the Wednesday and Thursday sessions on the commission’s website. The meeting will also be streamed live on TVW. Public comment is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. on Thursday.

Some of the topics to be covered at the May meeting include:

  • Transportation safety update: On Wednesday, representatives from multiple state agencies will share how they’re working to reduce the historically high rates of fatal and serious injury traffic crashes on the state’s roadways.
  • Ultra-high-speed rail efforts: Commissioners will hear an update from the Washington State Department of Transportation on its study of ultra-high-speed rail.
  • State Route 520 bridge tolling: Commissioners will select a toll rate proposal for public comment ahead of a final public hearing and vote on new toll rates in July.
  • Puget Sound Gateway tolling: Tolling options will be reviewed for sections of SR 509 and SR 167, known as the Puget Sound Gateway. Tolling on the first segment of the completion project is expected to begin in 2025.
  • Interstate 405/SR 167 tolling: Commissioners will hear about possible tolling policy changes in preparation for the opening of the next segment of the I-405 express toll lanes from Renton to Bellevue in 2025.
  • Washington State Ferries’ performance survey: On Thursday, results from the annual Ferry Riders Opinion Group winter survey will be presented.

Those unable to attend the meeting virtually please contact the Commission for assistance at 360.705.7070 or email transc@wstc.wa.gov. Free, temporary internet access is available to those who do not have broadband service in locations throughout the state by finding the nearest Drive-In WiFi Hotspot: www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda 


Americans with Disabilities Act Information: Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodations by contacting the Commission Office at 360-705-7070 or by emailing transc@wstc.wa.gov. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request
by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.

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