Members of audience at Sound Transit 3 Forum, September, 2016. Photo: Sno-Isle Libraries
Members of audience at Sound Transit 3 Forum, September, 2016. Photo: Sno-Isle Libraries

About the Transportation Committee...

The LWV-SC Transportation Committee meets on the first Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Lynnwood Library. Contact M.J. Donovan-Creamer for more information.

Mission

With transportation being an important part of our daily lives, the LWV-SC 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
Panel at 2018 Transportation Forum
Panel at 2018 Transportation Forum

Transportation Issues Forum

On April 18, 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 January, 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.