North Sound Transportation Alliance Workshop and Open House

In addition to the North Sound Transportation Alliance’s September 14 Health & Transportation Workshop, we will also be hosting an open house for community members to learn and give input on the draft Washington Transportation Plan – 2040 and Beyond, released by the Washington State Transportation Commission and available now for public comment.

Date: Friday, September 14
Location: Skagit Station, 105 E Kincaid, Mount Vernon (click for map )
Times:
• NSTA Health & Transportation Workshop: 9:00am – 12:00pm
• WA Transportation Plan Open House: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Public input on the plan is critical to help enhance how local and regional challenges are addressed, from city streets and sidewalks to air, rail, and water transportation.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP AND/OR THE OPEN HOUSE, PLEASE RSVP: melissa@wcog.org

For questions about the open house, please email Melissa or call 360-685-8385.

More information about NSTA and the 2018 Focus Workshops can be found on our website here

Transportation Commission Chair Jerry Litt said a refresh of the state’s long-term transportation plan is a chance to take stock of what has changed since it was last updated in 2015 and what new needs have emerged. “The pace of change, especially in transportation technologies, is picking up. It’s important to regularly look at emerging issues to be sure we’re on the right track.”

Emerging technology is one of three big uncertainties the commission highlights in the draft WTP 2040 and Beyond. The other two are: system resiliency in light of extreme weather events and natural disasters like earthquakes and fires, and how to pay for transportation system long-term.

Meetings are being held around the state to discuss the WTP 2040 and Beyond draft plan. The Open House is a chance to talk with commissioners and staff, and Whatcom COG and Skagit COG staff about transportation issues highlighted in the plan and recommendations under consideration, particularly those with relevance to residents and businesses in this region. The Commission must adopt an updated plan and present it to the State Legislature and Governor Inslee by January 2019.

If you are unable to attend the open house, the draft plan is available online at: Here. If you’d like a hardcopy of the draft plan you can request it by calling 360.705.7070. Comments, due by September 20, 2018, can be submitted on the website or by email to: Comments@WTP2040andBeyond.com or mailed to the Transportation Commission at
PO Box 47308,
Olympia, WA, 98502-7308.