Tolling and WSDOT project selection to be discussed at Transportation Commission meeting February 20 & 21
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: February 12, 2013
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA –Tolling plans for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and State Route 520, a report on the environmental assessment process for Interstate 90 tolling, and an overview of WSDOT project scoping and design will be discussed at the Washington State Transportation Commission’s meeting next week in Olympia.
The meeting will start 9 a.m. each day, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20 and 21, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capital Campus in Olympia. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment periods scheduled at the end of each day.
On Wednesday morning, Keith Metcalf, Washington State Department of Transportation region administrator, will brief the commission about projects in the agency’s Eastern Region, including progress on the US 395, North Spokane Corridor.
At 11 a.m., the commission and the TNB Citizens’ Advisory Committee will begin tolling discussions with a focus on TNB toll-setting policies. In the afternoon, the commission will review options for meeting annual revenue requirements for TNB and review possible toll-rate scenarios for the SR 520 floating bridge. The commission also will receive reports from WSDOT on the environmental assessment process for I-90 tolling and its tolling-feasibility study for completing SR 167 from the Port of Tacoma to Puyallup.
During Thursday’s meeting, the commission will receive briefings from WSDOT on new approaches to its project scoping and design process, development of the state rail plan, and performance management at Washington State Ferries.
Jim Whitty, manager of Oregon Department of Transportation’s road usage charge program, will present preliminary results from a recent pilot test that offered participants a range of mileage-reporting choices: a mileage-reporting device with or without GPS technology or a flat-rate plan that does not report mileage at all. Pilot participants could choose to enroll in a plan administered by ODOT directly or administered through a private company. During the pilot, the road usage charge replaced the gas tax for pilot participants.
For more information about the commission and complete meeting agendas, visit: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/
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