OLYMPIA – Updates on the Columbia River Crossing and the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement projects are slated for the October meeting of the Washington State Transportation Commission next week. Briefings on Washington State Ferries’ marketing program and fuel hedging program will also be given.
The meeting will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18 and 19, 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 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s meeting starts with a status update for the Columbia River Crossing project to improve safety and mobility on the I-5 corridor between Vancouver and Portland. Following, WSF staff will brief the commission on efforts to increase ridership and reduce costs through Ferries’ marketing and fuel hedging programs.
Tuesday afternoon, there will be a briefing on the Ferry Fare Media Study currently under way. The 2011 Legislature directed the Joint Transportation Committee to conduct a study assessing the WSF fare structure and payment methods in use as the state works to find ways of streamlining and simplifying both. Later this year, recommendations will be made on possible approaches to fare payment methods for use with a reservation system, how implementation of demand-management pricing might occur, and ways to make the various payment methods more seamless.
On Wednesday, project staff will give an update on the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project. Other items on the meeting agenda include an update on federal transportation funding and the quarterly Gray Notebook Report on WSDOT performance.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit the Transportation Commission’s Web site at: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/