OLYMPIA – Current and future tolling projects, transportation funding, and research on trade and economic development are some of the topics before the Washington State Transportation Commission at its meeting next week.
The meeting will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, July 19 and 20, at the Transportation Building on the Capital Campus, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, in Olympia, starting at 9 a.m. each day. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled for 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, the commission will discuss the development of a survey that will be conducted later this summer. The survey will poll Washington residents on their views of transportation funding needs and priorities. Tuesday afternoon, Professor Ken Casavant from Washington State University will present recent research findings related to trade flows, the role of transportation in freight movements and the impact the transportation of goods has on the state’s economy.
Also on Tuesday, the commission will discuss an upcoming survey of I-405 users. The data from the survey will help shape an I-405 traffic and revenue study the commission is conducting over the next year. The results of the study will provide the Legislature with estimates on potential revenue generation and usage of express toll lanes, should they be offered on the I-405 corridor in the future.
On Wednesday morning, members of a recently convened Tolling Expert Review Panel will present their findings on an assessment of tolling operations in Washington state. The panel members are experts in the tolling industry and currently lead toll agencies and efforts in their states where tolling has been in place for many years. On Wednesday afternoon, WSDOT will provide tolling updates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and SR 520, along with a report on the potential placement of express toll lanes on I-5.