Transportation Commission to hold community meeting focusing on Spokane area transportation efforts – Virtual Meeting Sept. 21 & 22

OLYMPIA – Community leaders and local officials from the Spokane regional area will meet virtually
with the Washington State Transportation Commission next week to share their perspectives on
transportation issues, challenges, and needs. Continue reading

Exploring a better way to fund Washington’s transportation

In the Aug. 22 editorial “Construction ahead: WSDOT’s budget is wearing thin,” WSDOT shared concerns about stretched budgets for state road and bridge funding. As a local elected official, with almost 20 years of experience, I have seen firsthand, “Band-Aid” approaches to highway maintenance in the Yakima Valley. More importantly, I have witnessed the difficult choices cities and towns must make when it comes to funding their transportation systems.

Which poses the question: Is there a better solution that will address our strained transportation budgets? Continue reading

WSTC to hold hearing on toll rate increases Aug. 24

OLYMPIA – Proposed toll rate increases for the State Route 99 tunnel, SR 520 bridge, and Tacoma Narrows Bridge are the subject of a public hearing next week. If approved, the new toll rates would go into effect on Oct.1, 2021, except for the SR 520 bridge, which would take effect on July 1, 2023. Continue reading

The Washington Autonomous Vehicle Edition (WAVE – Volume 1, Issue 2)

Welcome to the second edition of the Washington Autonmous Vehicle Edition (WAVE)! Highlights from this edition include: A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) policy update regarding autonomous vehicle (AV) crash reporting, A recap of the May 25, 2021 AV Workgroup Executive Committee meeting Details on the TRB’s Automated Road … Continue reading

WSTC to select toll rate proposals & kick-off the process to name the next ferry

OLYMPIA –Travelers who use Washington’s tolled highways will learn next week what the new proposed toll rates will be for those facilities. The Washington State Transportation Commission will meet virtually to select its toll rate increase proposals for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the State Route 99 tunnel, and the State … Continue reading

WSTC to release ferry fare change proposal, June 15 (Pending toll increase options also to be discussed)

OLYMPIA –The Washington State Transportation Commission will hold a work session next week to select its ferry fare increase proposal and discuss specific toll rate increases for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the State Route 99 tunnel, and the State Route 520 floating bridge. The special meeting will take place from … Continue reading

Wenatchee Valley transportation needs focus of State Transportation Commission meeting, June 15 & 16

OLYMPIA – Community leaders and local officials from across the Wenatchee Valley will meet virtually with the Washington State Transportation Commission next week to share their perspectives on transportation issues, challenges, and successes. The meeting will take place starting Tuesday, June 15, from 1-5 p.m., and reconvene on Wednesday, June … Continue reading

Transportation Commission to discuss road usage charging and ferry fare changes

OLYMPIA – Current research on road usage charging as a means of transportation revenue and the next steps in the ferry fare setting process are among the topics the Washington State Transportation Commission will cover at its virtual meeting next week. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, May … Continue reading

WSTC preparing for toll rate increases and holds local meeting in Lakewood next week

OLYMPIA – In response to reduced revenues due to a drop in travel during the pandemic, theWashington State Transportation Commission will conduct a work session next week as it prepares toincrease toll rates this summer on the State Route 520 bridge and other tolled facilities. Thecommission will also host a … Continue reading