OLYMPIA– The Washington State Transportation Commission will meet next Tuesday and Wednesday in Olympia. At the two-day meeting, the commission will review the Final Draft Washington Transportation Plan 2030 (WTP 2030) and approve its transmittal to the Governor and legislature. The commission will also discuss the introduction of photo tolling on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and will likely release a photo toll rate proposal.
The meeting will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 14 and 15, at the Transportation Building on the Capital Campus, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE in Olympia. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. each day.
On Tuesday, the commission will finalize its work on the Washington Transportation Plan (WTP) 2030, a comprehensive statewide plan that establishes a 20-year direction for our state’s transportation network. The plan makes many recommendations to the legislature and Governor on needed changes and sets forth funding recommendations aimed at generating additional revenue for maintenance of current roadways as well as for strategic improvements across the state.
On Wednesday the commission will review the results of several toll feasibility studies and WSDOT will report on the latest data on Tacoma Narrows Bridge (TNB) traffic and revenue. The TNB Citizens Advisory Committee will deliver its recommendations on photo tolling for the TNB. The commission is expected to release a TNB photo toll rate proposal at the meeting for further public review and comment.
Should the commission release their TNB proposal, a public input meeting is scheduled for Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Gig Harbor City Hall. The commission will be taking comments at this meeting and no action will be taken. A final hearing is scheduled for Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Gig Harbor City Hall. The public will be able to provide comment at the hearing and the commission is expected to take final action. Comments can also be sent to the commission via their public email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other items on the commission agenda include an update on the Ferry Rider Opinion Survey, a work session on Washington State Ferries and reports on public-private partnerships.
For information on the Transportation Commission and a full agenda, visit the website at www.wstc.wa.gov.