About the Transportation Committee...
The LWVSC Transportation Committee meets on the first Wednesday of the month, September to June, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Lynnwood Library. Contact Eva Mehaffey for more information.
With transportation being an important part of our daily lives, the LWVSC Transportation Committee is dedicated to learning about and informing Snohomish County residents about current transportation modes and issues.
Current issues and topics of focus are:
- The effects of oil and coal trains as they transverse Washington state
- I-405 traffic congestion, capacity, cost (tolling report), and lane design
- Sound Transit 3 and its effects on Snohomish County communities
- Community Transit as it interfaces with other transit agencies, i.e., Sound Transit and Everett Transit in Snohomish County
Transportation Issues Forum
In April, 2018, the Transportation Committee held a forum on transportation issues in Snohomish County. Panelists were:
Josh Brown, Executive Director of Puget Sound Regional Council
David Hablewitz, Stop405Tolls.org
Emmett Heath, CEO of Community Transit
Senator Steve Hobbs, WA State Senate Transportation Committee
Steve Marshall, Transportation Technology Partnership Manager, City of Bellevue
Senator John McCoy, WA State Senate Transportation Committee
Roger Millar, WA State Secretary of Transportation
Peter Rogoff, CEO of Sound Transit
Oil Train Information
In 2017, the Transportation Committee sponsored an informational meeting with Jase Brooks and Rob Dengel of the WA State Department of Ecology. (Jase Brooks' presentation) They explained the Oil Transportation Safety Act as a positive step to protect the environment and residents from spill risks when oil is moved by train. The DoE now provides quarterly reports of rail routes, dates of transfer, amount of oil, and types of crude oil. These reports can be accessed on the Department of Ecology website.