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Managing and Reducing Congestion in Puget Sound
Performance Audit Issued October 2007

Agency Action Plan

Link to the full audit report.
Link to a summary of the findings and the agency's response.
Link to the briefing to the State Legislature.

Action plan legend
Note:  The "Current Resources" column reflects whether an agency can complete
the action step by the due date within current resources.  This column will be populated
pending upcoming budget decisions. 

 Action Plan

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Agency action stepFilterExplanatory notes as of November 2008Filter
C1.1
1,6Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Convene a budget instructions workgroup in the fall of 2007 to evaluate how congestion relief is budgeted and reported.
OFM, Amy Arnis6/1/2008CompletedNoNo
OFM convened a budget instructions workshop in the fall of 2007, which resulted in the "Transportation Budget Instructions 2009-11" published in May, 2008.  The audit recommendation to provide congestion relief information, as discussed above, is included in the 2009-11 Transportation Budget Instructions.
C1.2
1,6,8Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Convene attainment report workgroup to address which performance measures for congestion will be included in the newly required attainment report.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
Performance measures for congestion were addressed in the first Attainment Report, as described further under Step C8.5 below
C2.1
2Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evaluate the costs and benefits of active traffic management including “speed harmonization” and report to the Governor and the Legislature.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT evaluated active traffic management in 2007, including speed harmonization, and provided multiple presentations to the legislature on options for the Central Puget Sound. Further work has continued and can be provided to the legislature in 2009.
C2.2
2,10Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Report on the effectiveness of the High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane pilot project on a semi-annual basis.  The pilot will open in the spring of 2008.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT has prepared a report on the SR 167 HOT lane pilot and in July the report was presented to the Joint Transportation Committee.  On-going, WSDOT will report progress on the HOT lanes on a semi-annual basis to the Committee.
C2.3
2Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Continue to convene local and state entities regularly to exchange information and share ideas about tolling policies, practices, and strategic initiatives.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
Presentations were made January 16 & 17, 2008.
C2.4
2Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evaluate various tolling options (part of the Urban Partnership project).
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT presented  various tolling scenarios that had been evaluated to date for the Urban Partnership Project to the legislature during January 2008.  Through continued work on the Urban Partnership Project and the efforts defined in ESHB 3096, additional information on tolling and active traffic management will be provided in the 2009 legislative session.
C3.1
3Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Work with House and Senate Transportation Committee members to evaluate possible options to increase the effective capacity of the freeway network through downtown Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT discussed opportunities to address long standing traffic chokepoints with strategic operational improvement projects through Seattle and greater Puget Sound with the Legislature in the 2008 session. This information is available on WSDOT’s website. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/A8FFEB01-8557-44F8-D79B3D5AFDC6AAB03B/0/i5ReconstructFolio_01312008.pdf
C4.1
4Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Accelerating design and construction of new lanes and additional capacity is beyond the control of WSDOT.
CompletedNoNo
Although this recommendation is not within WSDOT's control and was directed to the Legislature, WSDOT has made proposals in its 2009-11 Budget materials to propose advancing the SR520 and 405 highway projects.
C5.1
5Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Work together to seek emerging and new multi-modal investment trade-off methodologies.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
OFM and WSDOT assessed new multi-modal investment tradeoff methodologies before the preparation of the 2009-11 Budget and evaluated how congestion relief is budgeted and reported. WSDOT also addressed this action step through requests in its 2009-11 Budget materials regarding the 10-year Moving Washington congestion-reduction initiative.  The 10-year Moving Washington congestion-reduction initiative is WSDOT's key focus for congestion relief.
C7.1
7Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Complete the Highway System Plan.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
This item is complete - This item is publicly available: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/planning/HSP
C8.1
8Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Observe implementation and funding of new aggressive target-setting strategies for congestion reduction in Georgia and Texas.  
Dave DyeIn progressNoNo
In progress.  Initial findings include: On 11/5/07, the treasurer of the Georgia Department of Transportation stated: "We used to have a program we called Congestion Relief. We have learned that that is no longer even possible. The best we can hope for is mobility, a guaranteed commute along specific corridors, for those who want to pay for it."
C8.2
8Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Work to increase the level of analysis done on congestion before and after improvement projects.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT has selected a Performance Monitoring System (PeMS) a comprehensive highway performance measurement tracking system to provide specific and timely congestion performance information, and will submit a decision package in the 2009-11 Biennium to fund the program.
C8.3
8Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evaluate the implementation of a comprehensive highway performance measurement tracking and reporting system that captures active travel time data, as well as modeled data and other data sources.  
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
PeMS, mentioned above, also meets this need.
C8.4
8Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evaluate the recently awarded Urban Partnership Agreement project to determine which measurements will be needed to assess project effectiveness.
Dave DyeNoNo
WSDOT will evaluate the Urban Partnership Agreement to determine which measures are needed to assess project effectiveness, and will be completed by Summer 2009.
C9.1
9Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Continue to collaborate with local jurisdictions throughout the Puget Sound region to integrate and operate traffic signals along interconnecting corridors.  
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT is continuing to collaborate with local governments through Puget Sound Regional Council. WSDOT's April GMAP report addresses signal retiming, and discusses ongoing work with PSRC on this important effort. WSDOT's April GMAP report addresses signal retiming, and discusses ongoing work with PSRC on this important effort.
C10.1
10Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Examine several potential projects that could use system management strategies such as HOT lanes and speed harmonization.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
See also Action Step for #2.  WSDOT completed the Active Traffic Management feasibility study, which included strategies such as speed harmonization.  The 2009-11 WSDOT Budget Request includes specific actions for Active Traffic Management on I-5, I-90, and US-2. The 2009-11 WSDOT Budget Request also includes funds for preliminary design of HOT lanes, where HOV lanes exist today, on: I-5, I-405, 520, I-90, SR-16, and the extension of the current SR 167 HOT lane.  The budget request also addressed funds for further speed harmonization studies.     
C11.1
11Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Expansion of road pricing is beyond the control of WSDOT.
Waiting on someone elseNoYes
Even though this recommendation is not within WSDOT's control and was directed to the Legislature, WSDOT has included agency requested Legislation for active traffic management and budget requests for SR167 HOT lanes project in the 2009-11 Budget requests.
C12.1
12Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
A more integrated approach to planning for congestion reduction is beyond the control of WSDOT.
Waiting on someone elseNoYes
This recommendation is not within WSDOT's control
C13.1
13Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brief the Governor and Legislature on the effectiveness of the new, recently funded Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) initiatives.
Dave Dye1/1/2009In progressNoNo
The newly developed CTR initiatives will be presented by the Commute Trip Reduction Board by January 2009.  Initiatives include Moving Washington proposals for; $10.5M for 403 commuter vans; GTEC Marketing (growth and transportation efficiency centers around the state); $2.5M to provide new services and incentives for 250,000 employees statewide @ smaller worksites.
C14.1
14Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Continue to develop the telecommuting strategies identified in the Urban Partnership Agreement and evaluate the referenced CTR telework projects.  
Dave Dye1/1/2009CompletedNoNo
Also, see Action Steps under Recommendation 13 for status of CTR initiative.  Additionally, Washington's mega project investments include pilot projects to enhance telecommuting, transit ridership, vanpool ridership, carpooling, etc. during construction on mega projects in the Central Puget Sound region (405, 520, and the Viaduct).  WSDOT is working to implement Telework Demonstration projects (e.g. Kitsap) to determine whether the projects provide benefits statewide.
C15.1
15Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evaluate new technologies to collect traffic data throughout the 2007-09 biennium.
Dave DyeIn progressNoNo
WSDOT has and will continue to expand coverage of traffic information on major freeways and selected arterials.  Funding is identified in the Department's comprehensive mobility program - Moving Washington. The extended traffic information includes: Expanded traveler information (cameras, web site, flowmaps) on I-5 through Olympia, extended traveler information on I-5 coverage in Tacoma, and requested funds for the gaps in travel information from Olympia to Arlington, as outlined in WSDOT's Moving Washington.  
C16.1
16Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Completing an assessment of the potential benefits of additional operational strategies such as active traffic management strategies and intelligent transportation system investments (e.g., the supporting hardware).  
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
See Action Steps under Recommendation 10.
C17.1
17Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Converting traffic management software, including exploring potential enhancements to the ramp metering algorithms.  
Dave Dye5/1/2008CompletedNoNo
The traffic management software conversion was activated over the weekend of July 26-27, 2008.  WSDOT along with researchers at UW and partners nationally continue to enhance ramp metering algorithms.
C17.2
17Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Work together during the summer of 2008 to identify needs of the ramp metering system.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
OFM and WSDOT assessed the gaps in the system and proposed funding to expand the ramp metering system as part of the department's comprehensive mobility program - Moving Washington.
C18.1
18Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Complete conversion of the operating system for freeway management.
Dave Dye8/1/2008CompletedNoNo
The new system went was activated the weekend of July 26-27, 2008.
C18.2
18Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evaluate the integration of freeway management systems through the use of a single point of data entry for dissemination of traffic information.  
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT is working toward the use of a single data entry for dissemination of traffic information.  At this time, systems are not available to integrate all the systems that the Department operates on the scope necessary to incorporate all WSDOT systems across the State.  WSDOT will continue to evaluate new systems as they become available.
C19.1
19Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Attain a specific target to reduce incidents lasting more than 90 minutes by five percent.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
This item is complete and work continues.  WSDOT and WSP met the target to reduce 90+ minute incidents by 5% as of 12/31/07. This goal was met and an additional 5% reduction is targeted for the next reporting period.  We are conducting "after action" reviews of closures over 90 minutes.
C19.2
19Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Partner with Washington State Patrol (WSP) to further seek opportunities for WSP to expedite its investigations by using technology that has recently been funded, and encouraging quicker accident investigations.  
Dave DyeIn progressNoNo
WSDOT is working with WSP to expedite investigations to reduce the length of major incidents. Progress will be reported throughout 2008 and will be reported at the Governor’s accountability forums.
C20.1
20Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Continue to assess private financing structures for the most cost-effective alternative.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
While this recommendation was directed at the Legislature, WSDOT is examining public-private partnership opportunities with the State of Oregon related to the Columbia River Crossing Project.
C21.1
21Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Continue to assess improvements and operational efficiencies.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
This item has been addressed and work will continue. WSDOT's 10-year Moving Washington congestion-reduction initiative was part of our budget materials and includes proposed short-term investments through technology and express lane automation to improve through-put in the short term using active traffic management, which will reduce congestion by 10%. The Viaduct project is also examining ramp reconfiguration and lane additions to further improve traffic through-put.  In addition, WSDOT continues to assess improvements and operational efficiencies.
C22.1
22Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Complete the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) action plan.  
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
The HOV action plan has been completed for I-5. The action plan was completed for $190K and presents 10 options short of pricing that may improve and maintain HOV efficiency as demand continues to grow.  Based on this draft of the Action Plan, additional funding is being sought to further study this issue and pursue a more refined set of issues.
C22.2
22Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Complete the funded I-5 HOV projects as identified on the 2007 project list adopted by the Legislature.
Dave DyeIn progressNoNo
This action has multiple dates of completion: WSDOT continues delivering funded HOV projects in the I-5 corridor.
C1.1
1,6Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Convene a budget instructions workgroup in the fall of 2007 to evaluate how congestion relief is budgeted and reported.
OFM, Amy Arnis6/1/2008CompletedNoNo
OFM convened a budget instructions workshop in the fall of 2007, which resulted in the "Transportation Budget Instructions 2009-11" published in May, 2008.  The audit recommendation to provide congestion relief information, as discussed above, is included in the 2009-11 Transportation Budget Instructions.
C7.1
7Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Complete the Highway System Plan.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
This item is complete - This item is publicly available: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/planning/HSP
C8.1
8Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Observe implementation and funding of new aggressive target-setting strategies for congestion reduction in Georgia and Texas.  
Dave DyeIn progressNoNo
In progress.  Initial findings include: On 11/5/07, the treasurer of the Georgia Department of Transportation stated: "We used to have a program we called Congestion Relief. We have learned that that is no longer even possible. The best we can hope for is mobility, a guaranteed commute along specific corridors, for those who want to pay for it."
C8.2
8Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Work to increase the level of analysis done on congestion before and after improvement projects.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT has selected a Performance Monitoring System (PeMS) a comprehensive highway performance measurement tracking system to provide specific and timely congestion performance information, and will submit a decision package in the 2009-11 Biennium to fund the program.
C8.3
8Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evaluate the implementation of a comprehensive highway performance measurement tracking and reporting system that captures active travel time data, as well as modeled data and other data sources.  
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
PeMS, mentioned above, also meets this need.
C8.4
8Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evaluate the recently awarded Urban Partnership Agreement project to determine which measurements will be needed to assess project effectiveness.
Dave DyeNoNo
WSDOT will evaluate the Urban Partnership Agreement to determine which measures are needed to assess project effectiveness, and will be completed by Summer 2009.
C9.1
9Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Continue to collaborate with local jurisdictions throughout the Puget Sound region to integrate and operate traffic signals along interconnecting corridors.  
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT is continuing to collaborate with local governments through Puget Sound Regional Council. WSDOT's April GMAP report addresses signal retiming, and discusses ongoing work with PSRC on this important effort. WSDOT's April GMAP report addresses signal retiming, and discusses ongoing work with PSRC on this important effort.
C10.1
10Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Examine several potential projects that could use system management strategies such as HOT lanes and speed harmonization.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
See also Action Step for #2.  WSDOT completed the Active Traffic Management feasibility study, which included strategies such as speed harmonization.  The 2009-11 WSDOT Budget Request includes specific actions for Active Traffic Management on I-5, I-90, and US-2. The 2009-11 WSDOT Budget Request also includes funds for preliminary design of HOT lanes, where HOV lanes exist today, on: I-5, I-405, 520, I-90, SR-16, and the extension of the current SR 167 HOT lane.  The budget request also addressed funds for further speed harmonization studies.     
C11.1
11Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Expansion of road pricing is beyond the control of WSDOT.
Waiting on someone elseNoYes
Even though this recommendation is not within WSDOT's control and was directed to the Legislature, WSDOT has included agency requested Legislation for active traffic management and budget requests for SR167 HOT lanes project in the 2009-11 Budget requests.
C12.1
12Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
A more integrated approach to planning for congestion reduction is beyond the control of WSDOT.
Waiting on someone elseNoYes
This recommendation is not within WSDOT's control
C13.1
13Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brief the Governor and Legislature on the effectiveness of the new, recently funded Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) initiatives.
Dave Dye1/1/2009In progressNoNo
The newly developed CTR initiatives will be presented by the Commute Trip Reduction Board by January 2009.  Initiatives include Moving Washington proposals for; $10.5M for 403 commuter vans; GTEC Marketing (growth and transportation efficiency centers around the state); $2.5M to provide new services and incentives for 250,000 employees statewide @ smaller worksites.
C1.2
1,6,8Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Convene attainment report workgroup to address which performance measures for congestion will be included in the newly required attainment report.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
Performance measures for congestion were addressed in the first Attainment Report, as described further under Step C8.5 below
C14.1
14Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Continue to develop the telecommuting strategies identified in the Urban Partnership Agreement and evaluate the referenced CTR telework projects.  
Dave Dye1/1/2009CompletedNoNo
Also, see Action Steps under Recommendation 13 for status of CTR initiative.  Additionally, Washington's mega project investments include pilot projects to enhance telecommuting, transit ridership, vanpool ridership, carpooling, etc. during construction on mega projects in the Central Puget Sound region (405, 520, and the Viaduct).  WSDOT is working to implement Telework Demonstration projects (e.g. Kitsap) to determine whether the projects provide benefits statewide.
C15.1
15Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evaluate new technologies to collect traffic data throughout the 2007-09 biennium.
Dave DyeIn progressNoNo
WSDOT has and will continue to expand coverage of traffic information on major freeways and selected arterials.  Funding is identified in the Department's comprehensive mobility program - Moving Washington. The extended traffic information includes: Expanded traveler information (cameras, web site, flowmaps) on I-5 through Olympia, extended traveler information on I-5 coverage in Tacoma, and requested funds for the gaps in travel information from Olympia to Arlington, as outlined in WSDOT's Moving Washington.  
C16.1
16Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Completing an assessment of the potential benefits of additional operational strategies such as active traffic management strategies and intelligent transportation system investments (e.g., the supporting hardware).  
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
See Action Steps under Recommendation 10.
C17.1
17Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Converting traffic management software, including exploring potential enhancements to the ramp metering algorithms.  
Dave Dye5/1/2008CompletedNoNo
The traffic management software conversion was activated over the weekend of July 26-27, 2008.  WSDOT along with researchers at UW and partners nationally continue to enhance ramp metering algorithms.
C17.2
17Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Work together during the summer of 2008 to identify needs of the ramp metering system.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
OFM and WSDOT assessed the gaps in the system and proposed funding to expand the ramp metering system as part of the department's comprehensive mobility program - Moving Washington.
C18.1
18Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Complete conversion of the operating system for freeway management.
Dave Dye8/1/2008CompletedNoNo
The new system went was activated the weekend of July 26-27, 2008.
C18.2
18Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evaluate the integration of freeway management systems through the use of a single point of data entry for dissemination of traffic information.  
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT is working toward the use of a single data entry for dissemination of traffic information.  At this time, systems are not available to integrate all the systems that the Department operates on the scope necessary to incorporate all WSDOT systems across the State.  WSDOT will continue to evaluate new systems as they become available.
C19.1
19Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Attain a specific target to reduce incidents lasting more than 90 minutes by five percent.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
This item is complete and work continues.  WSDOT and WSP met the target to reduce 90+ minute incidents by 5% as of 12/31/07. This goal was met and an additional 5% reduction is targeted for the next reporting period.  We are conducting "after action" reviews of closures over 90 minutes.
C19.2
19Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Partner with Washington State Patrol (WSP) to further seek opportunities for WSP to expedite its investigations by using technology that has recently been funded, and encouraging quicker accident investigations.  
Dave DyeIn progressNoNo
WSDOT is working with WSP to expedite investigations to reduce the length of major incidents. Progress will be reported throughout 2008 and will be reported at the Governor’s accountability forums.
C20.1
20Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Continue to assess private financing structures for the most cost-effective alternative.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
While this recommendation was directed at the Legislature, WSDOT is examining public-private partnership opportunities with the State of Oregon related to the Columbia River Crossing Project.
C2.1
2Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evaluate the costs and benefits of active traffic management including “speed harmonization” and report to the Governor and the Legislature.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT evaluated active traffic management in 2007, including speed harmonization, and provided multiple presentations to the legislature on options for the Central Puget Sound. Further work has continued and can be provided to the legislature in 2009.
C21.1
21Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Continue to assess improvements and operational efficiencies.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
This item has been addressed and work will continue. WSDOT's 10-year Moving Washington congestion-reduction initiative was part of our budget materials and includes proposed short-term investments through technology and express lane automation to improve through-put in the short term using active traffic management, which will reduce congestion by 10%. The Viaduct project is also examining ramp reconfiguration and lane additions to further improve traffic through-put.  In addition, WSDOT continues to assess improvements and operational efficiencies.
C22.1
22Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Complete the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) action plan.  
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
The HOV action plan has been completed for I-5. The action plan was completed for $190K and presents 10 options short of pricing that may improve and maintain HOV efficiency as demand continues to grow.  Based on this draft of the Action Plan, additional funding is being sought to further study this issue and pursue a more refined set of issues.
C22.2
22Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Complete the funded I-5 HOV projects as identified on the 2007 project list adopted by the Legislature.
Dave DyeIn progressNoNo
This action has multiple dates of completion: WSDOT continues delivering funded HOV projects in the I-5 corridor.
C2.2
2,10Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Report on the effectiveness of the High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane pilot project on a semi-annual basis.  The pilot will open in the spring of 2008.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT has prepared a report on the SR 167 HOT lane pilot and in July the report was presented to the Joint Transportation Committee.  On-going, WSDOT will report progress on the HOT lanes on a semi-annual basis to the Committee.
C2.3
2Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Continue to convene local and state entities regularly to exchange information and share ideas about tolling policies, practices, and strategic initiatives.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
Presentations were made January 16 & 17, 2008.
C2.4
2Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evaluate various tolling options (part of the Urban Partnership project).
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT presented  various tolling scenarios that had been evaluated to date for the Urban Partnership Project to the legislature during January 2008.  Through continued work on the Urban Partnership Project and the efforts defined in ESHB 3096, additional information on tolling and active traffic management will be provided in the 2009 legislative session.
C3.1
3Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Work with House and Senate Transportation Committee members to evaluate possible options to increase the effective capacity of the freeway network through downtown Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
WSDOT discussed opportunities to address long standing traffic chokepoints with strategic operational improvement projects through Seattle and greater Puget Sound with the Legislature in the 2008 session. This information is available on WSDOT’s website. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/A8FFEB01-8557-44F8-D79B3D5AFDC6AAB03B/0/i5ReconstructFolio_01312008.pdf
C4.1
4Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Accelerating design and construction of new lanes and additional capacity is beyond the control of WSDOT.
CompletedNoNo
Although this recommendation is not within WSDOT's control and was directed to the Legislature, WSDOT has made proposals in its 2009-11 Budget materials to propose advancing the SR520 and 405 highway projects.
C5.1
5Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Work together to seek emerging and new multi-modal investment trade-off methodologies.
Dave DyeCompletedNoNo
OFM and WSDOT assessed new multi-modal investment tradeoff methodologies before the preparation of the 2009-11 Budget and evaluated how congestion relief is budgeted and reported. WSDOT also addressed this action step through requests in its 2009-11 Budget materials regarding the 10-year Moving Washington congestion-reduction initiative.  The 10-year Moving Washington congestion-reduction initiative is WSDOT's key focus for congestion relief.