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Last Updated: 10/13/2021

Effective transportation system governance and management

Strategy: Effective transportation system governance and management

Agency: 410 - Transportation Commission

A001 - Transportation Management and Policy

The Commission represents the public's interest in the long-term planning, financing, and delivery of statewide transportation systems and services. It actively engages the public and stakeholders in the statewide planning and policy development process. One approach taken to gather public input is via online surveys conducted through its Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) survey panel and its Voice of Washington State (VOWS) survey panel. The FROG has nearly 20,000 active members (largely ferry riders), and the VOWS has over 30,000 active members made up of citizens from across the state. All survey results from both panels are statistically valid and projectable. The Commission also recommends transportation policy needs and changes to the Legislature and the Governor's Office, based upon knowledge gained from outreach, studies, and meetings. The Commission is designated as the state's tolling authority and also sets ferry fares and related fare policy for Washington State Ferries. In setting ferry fares and highway tolls, the Commission conducts an extensive public input process prior to making fare and toll decisions. It is required to develop the 20 year statewide Washington Transportation Plan. This plan establishes the state's general transportation policy direction and funding priorities that the Department of Transportation, regional and local transportation agencies are required to structure their various plans around. The Commission has oversight responsibilities for the Department of Transportation's Public Private Partnership (PPP) program, ensuring that a fully independent proposal, bid, and contract execution protocol is followed. It also holds final decision authority on all PPP contracts. The Commission conducts various policy and financing studies as directed by the Legislature and Governor and advises them of the studies' findings and makes recommendations.

Account FY 2022 FY 2023 Biennium Total
FTE 10.7 10.7 10.7
108 - Motor Vehicle Account
State 1,204,000 1,234,000 2,438,000
16J - SR #520 Corridor Account
State 276,000 276,000
511 - Tacoma Narrows Toll Bridge Account
State 180,000 180,000
535 - Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Pro
State 172,000 172,000
595 - I-405 and SR-167 Express Toll Lanes
State 127,000 127,000
FY 2022 FY 2023 Biennium Total
FTES 10.7 10.7 10.7
Other 1,204,000.0 1,989,000.0 3,193,000.0
Totals 1,204,000.0 1,989,000.0 3,193,000.0
Expected Results

The Commission chose to measure its interaction with the public .The goal is to make sure that the public, transportation stakeholders, local and regional transportation officials and entities, and other partners have effective access to WSTC discussions and decision-making. The number of meetings sponsored by the Commission or attended by individual commissioners where the public or transportation stakeholders are in attendance is one output that can be an indicator of the accessibility of the Commission. An outcome measure that can be an indicator of accessibility is the level of satisfaction on the part of individuals with their access to discussion and the decision making process of the Commission.