Coming up in September: Regional Listening Sessions

August 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm 3 comments

The Transportation Commission wants to learn about your transportation priorities and ideas. As part of the WTP 2030 outreach process, the Commission will hold 5 Listening Sessions around the state in the month of September.

September 9, Vancouver

WSDOT Headquarters, 11018 NE 51st Circle (9am – noon)

September 14, Yakima

Harman Center, 101 North 65th Avenue (9am – noon)

September 23, Spokane

Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W Main Avenue (1pm-4pm)

September 29, Everett

Everett Transit Station, 3201 Smith Avenue, 4th Floor (9am – noon)

September 30, Bremerton

Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th Street (9am – noon)

The objectives of the Listening Sessions are to:

  • Actively engage the public and solicit input from across the state to help shape WTP 2030 – the state’s 20-year plan for transportation
  • Learn about regional and local perspectives on transportation system needs, challenges and opportunities to further inform the plan

You can read the plan and related documents at: 

http://wstc.wa.gov/WTP/default.htm

If you cannot make it to a Listening Session, please use the online public input tool to tell us about the transportation issues and priorities that are important to you. Comments will be accepted through October 15, 2010. You can also provide comment by email (wtp2030@wstc.wa.gov) or by mail (P.O. Box 47308, Olympia, WA 98504-7308).

Comments on the plan are welcome and encouraged on this blog. Let us know what you think.

Entry filed under: Aviation, Economic Vitality, Environmental Quality & Health, Funding, Mobility, Preservation, Safety, Stewardship, Tourism, Transit, Uncategorized, Vision, Washington State Ferries. Tags: .

Washington’s Future Transportation System Is Taking Shape The Big Ideas that Matter Most

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  • 1. John Townsley  |  August 12, 2010 at 10:07 am

    While other modes of transportation receive hundreds of million$ of dollar$ of investment and maintenance funding annually from the State, the aviation mode receives just a small fraction – less than $10,000,000 annually. The Longterm Air Transportation Study completed in 2009 found a backlog of critical safety improvements, facility maintenance, and related infrastructure investments in Washington’s aviation facilities approached 1/2 Billion dollar$. Deteriorating pavement at many of the 138 public use airports is expected to create real safety and operational issues within just a few short years. Despite these known, very serious problems, State tax policy continues to treat aviation as a cash cow – draining funds from the system to bolster the general fund. Sales taxes, excise taxes, and other revenue generated directly from the aviation industry should be reinvested in infrastructure rather than to fund parks, social services, and other State programs. Airports, like roads, rail, and ferrys, must be safe and well maintained. The aviation transportation system directly employs thousands of persons. Small airports in semi-urban and remote settings, as well as large airports such as SEATAC and Spokane International Airport provide essential public services that CANNOT! be provided by other transportation modes. WTP 2030 must acknowledge, preserve, and encourage investment to maintain Washington’s aviation transportation system.

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  • 2. John Townsley  |  August 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Theme # 3 (Washington Faces a Structural Transportation Funding Problem and Additional Revenue is Needed) is only partially true. While some modes of transportation, noteably aviation, suffer from a large funding shortfall, most have an abundance of funding. Many prior decisions impose significantly higher costs on public works projects that inevitably lead to spiraling funding “needs”. For example, the requirement to pay “prevailing wage” in public works construction contracts in many cases doubles or even triples labor costs over privately funded construction. Also, public contracts are vulnereable to the feel good inclusion of unproven and usually very expensive alternative construction or environmental mitigation methods. The impact of the regulatory structure on public works costs is also large. While the legislature’s JLARC has looked at additional funding, scant attention by WSDOT, JLARC or any other State body has been devoted to systemic issues which inflate costs of publicly funded transportation projects and create the illusion that “new funding sources” are needed.

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  • 3. Rob  |  September 3, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Where is the King County/Seattle session? The locations listed above exclude a significant portion of Washington’s population and it isn’t realistic to expect someone from here to get to Bremerton or Everett between 9am and noon to be heard.

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The Washington Transportation Plan (WTP 2030) is issued by the State Transportation Commission and serves as the state’s comprehensive and balanced transportation plan. The WTP establishes a 20-year vision for the development of the statewide transportation system, from state highways and ferries to sidewalks and bike paths, county roads, city streets, public transit, air and rail. The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) provides a public forum for transportation policy development and has specifically established this blog to engage the general public and all other key stakeholders in a dialogue about statewide transportation priorities. The Commission encourages the sharing and discussing of information about the content and development of the WTP 2030. This is not a WSDOT blog; no comments on specific projects or traffic will be posted.

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