OLYMPIA – Implementing new fare categories for Washington State Ferries (WSF), tolling on SR 520 and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and transportation revenue proposals are among the top agenda items for the Washington State Transportation Commission’s meeting being held next week.
The meeting will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, January 17 and 18, at the Transportation Building on the Capital Campus, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE in Olympia, 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 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s meeting begins with reports from the Cedar River Group on studies recently completed for the Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee: one reviewing the Ferry fare structure and making recommendations on ways to simplify fares and payment methods, and the other evaluating the use of liquefied natural gas as a ferry fuel. WSF staff will then report on the status of implementing a new, small car fare category for vehicles under 14 feet, a change the commission enacted as part of its October 2011 fare adjustment. WSF staff will also provide an overview of the 144-car ferry construction program. The afternoon agenda begins with a tolling update, including the latest traffic and revenue report for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Other agenda items include the I-5 Electric Highway, Aviation economic impact study, Commute Trip Reduction, and several items of commission business.
On Wednesday, Washington State Department of Transportation staff will give an overview of the Gray Notebook, the agency’s quarterly performance measurement report. In addition, the commission will hear a briefing on WSDOT’s project prioritization process, discuss the Governor’s proposed transportation budget and revenue proposal, as well as review the recommendations of the Governor’s Connecting Washington Task Force on long-term funding for transportation in the state.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit the Transportation Commission’s Web site at: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/