OLYMPIA– The Washington State Transportation Commission will meet next in Olympia. At the two-day meeting, the commission will conduct a work session on tolling for SR 520, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and I-405, and will discuss possible ferry fare revisions to be taken up later this summer.
The public meeting will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18, at the Transportation Building on the Capitol Campus, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE in Olympia.
On Tuesday morning, the commission will be briefed on 2011 legislative actions impacting Washington State Ferries (WSF) including an overview of the WSF budget and financial plan which serves as the basis for fare setting. The commission will also be briefed on possible fare policy changes that are currently under review by WSF and Ferry Advisory Committee members, as well as discuss the fare setting schedule for this summer.
The results of the commission’s latest survey of the Ferry Riders Opinion Group will also be discussed Tuesday. The survey will help to inform fare setting through data gathered on fare strategies and policies. The Ferry Riders Opinion Group is a survey panel made up of over 6,000 ferry riders who participate in periodic online surveys focused on a variety of ferry-related topics.
The commission will devote Wednesday afternoon to tolling issues, beginning with an update on the implementation of tolling on the SR 520 Bridge. They will also receive an update on the traffic and revenue status of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The tolling work session will conclude with a briefing on the I-405 Express Toll Lanes Project and a discussion of the commission’s Traffic and Revenue Study that is to be conducted for the I-405 project.
Other topics on the two-day agenda include a report on congestion in the Central Puget Sound region, development of an updated state energy strategy and WSDOT performance measurement.
For information on the Transportation Commission and a full Agenda, visit the website at www.wstc.wa.gov.