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Transportation Commission Coming to Bremerton

September 8th, 2008 by ed friedrich

The state Transportation Commission will meet in Bremerton on Sept. 16. The commission is an appointed board that primarily is responsible for setting ferry and bridge fares. They meet mostly in Olympia but also tour the state to get local perspectives. A public comment period starts at 3:45 p.m.

The Bremerton meeting will be 8:30 to 4:30 at Kitsap Conference Center. Presentations on local transportation issues will be made by Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman, KRCC director Mary McClure, Kitsap County Commissioner Steve Bauer, Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman, Port Gamble-S’Klallam Tribe Chairman Ron Charles, Patrick Babineau, coordinator for the Peninsula Regional Transportation Policy Organization, John Beitzel of the PRTPO transportation policy board, Jefferson County Commissioner David Sullivan and Mason County Commissioner Lynda Ring-Erickson.

The DOT’s Olympic Region administrator, Kevin Dayton, will talk at 11:15 a.m. After lunch there’ll be a bunch of ferry stuff, including updates on a customer survey, a long-term funding study and WSF’s long-term plan.

One Response to “Transportation Commission Coming to Bremerton”

  1. Paul pfeiffer Says:

    The Transportation Commission is concerned with all transportation infrastructure issues, not primarily ferry fares and bridge tolls. These two items are just a couple of current, and longstanding, political footballs because they are subsidized by tax payer dollars. The commission has two current studies on ferries, but has recently completed seven other transportation studies not necessarily concentrating on ferries or bridges.