Tuesday, April 01, 2014

RAMP 4/2/14 @ 8AM


 


AGENDA  -  April 2, 2014
The Fabulich Center
3600 Port of Tacoma Road; 98424
8:00     Welcome & Self-Introductions                                  

8:10     Legislative Wrap-Up: Senate Majority Coalition Caucus
            Senator Randi Becker, 2nd Legislative District
            Senator Bruce Dammeier, 25th Legislative District
            Senator Steve O’Ban, 28th Legislative District

8:25     Legislative Discussion & Next Steps

8:45     Round Robin/Good of the Order

9:00     Closing Remarks & Adjourn

Next RAMP Meeting
May 7th, 2014
Fabulich Center; 3600 Port of Tacoma Road; 98424

RAMP is a regional coalition including business, labor, public and private organizations and citizens dedicated to improved mobility in the South Sound and Washington State.  Our mission is to ensure a healthy regional economy associated with the development of an effective, efficient transportation system and the resources to sustain it. RAMP is co-chaired by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe and Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber President & CEO Tom Pierson. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

RAMP 3/5/14 @ 8AM


AGENDA  -  March 5, 2014
The Fabulich Center
3600 Port of Tacoma Road; 98424
 
8:00     Welcome & Self-Introductions                                  

  
8:10     Transportation 2040 Update
            Charlie Howard, Director of Integrated Planning, Puget Sound Regional Council
 

8:30     Port of Tacoma Road Rebuild
            Tom Rutherford, Project Manager, City of Tacoma


8:45     Round Robin/Good of the Order


9:00     Closing Remarks & Adjourn

 
Next RAMP Meeting
April 2, 2014
Fabulich Center; 3600 Port of Tacoma Road; 98424

 
RAMP is a regional coalition including business, labor, public and private organizations and citizens dedicated to improved mobility in the South Sound and Washington State.  Our mission is to ensure a healthy regional economy associated with the development of an effective, efficient transportation system and the resources to sustain it. RAMP is co-chaired by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe and Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber President & CEO Tom Pierson. 


Tuesday, February 04, 2014

2/5/14 RAMP: CANCELLED

CANCELLED: 2/5/14

Next RAMP Meeting: 3/5/14

You should have previously received an email regarding this cancellation.  If you did not, please email davids@tacomachamber.org and ask to be added to the distribution list.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Rep. Smith Introduces Bill to Improve Freight Infrastructure

Today, Congressman Adam Smith reintroduced H.R. 3825, the Freight Infrastructure Reinvestment Act of 2014 (FIRA), a bill that will support improvements to infrastructure and transportation in the national freight mobility network.

“Our nation’s freight transportation system plays a significant role in our ability to grow the economy and compete globally,” said Congressman Smith.  “With our nation’s freight expected to double by 2040, it is critical to start making investments in freight and transportation infrastructure now to keep America competitive internationally for years to come.”

FIRA would establish the National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Improvement Program through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that would provide competitive grants to states and designated entities to improve the efficiency and capacity of freight networks.  These entities would work in collaboration with their communities to identify projects of national or regional significance and apply for the grants.  The Secretary of Transportation would award funds based on the project’s ability to improve freight infrastructure, cost effectiveness, and its economic impact. 

“Our multimodal freight transportation system is a national asset that we have failed to appreciate and support. Nowhere is this need more pressing than in the freight system that provides for our nation’s commerce,” said Port of Tacoma Commissioner Don Meyer. “Without strategic corridor investments to expand capacity and increase efficiency, U.S. productivity and global competitiveness will suffer, costs will increase and investment will lag. We applaud Congressman Smith’s efforts to make this vision of strategic freight mobility a reality.”

The legislation would fund these competitive grants through a user fee on the shipment of freight cargo within the United States.   The fee would be 1 percent of the total cost of transport and all the fees collected would go directly to the National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Fund, a dedicated source of funding for freight mobility improvement projects.

“More and more our government and business leaders are agreeing that freight infrastructure is key to economic growth and merits public support,” said Leslie Blakey, Executive Director of the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors. “Currently absent from the menu of transportation investment mechanisms is a freight-specific grant program and a dedicated funding source. Congressman Smith’s proposal is truly creative and we applaud his vision.”   

The bill has been cosponsored by Representative Albio Sires, Steve Cohen, and Janice Hahn and has now been sent to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for further consideration.

Monday, December 30, 2013

RAMP 1/8/14 @ 8AM


AGENDA  -  January 8, 2014
The Fabulich Center
3600 Port of Tacoma Road; 98424

8:00     Welcome & Self-Introductions                                  
            Pat McCarthy, RAMP Co-Chair, Pierce County Executive

8:05     Maritime Goods Movement Act
            Sean Eagan, Government Affairs Director, Port of Tacoma

8:20     JBLM/I-5 Transportation Package Request
            John Caulfield, City Manager, City of Lakewood

8:40     RAMP Legislative Priorities
            Pat McCarthy, RAMP Co-Chair, Pierce County Executive

8:45     2014 Legislative Session Outlook

9:00     Closing Remarks & Adjourn
            Tom Pierson, RAMP Co-Chair, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber President & CEO         

Next RAMP Meeting
February 5, 2014
Fabulich Center; 3600 Port of Tacoma Road; 98424

RAMP is a regional coalition including business, labor, public and private organizations and citizens dedicated to improved mobility in the South Sound and Washington State. Our mission is to ensure a healthy regional economy associated with the development of an effective, efficient transportation system and the resources to sustain it. RAMP is co-chaired by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe and Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber President & CEO Tom Pierson.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

12/4 RAMP: CANCELLED





CANCELLED: 12/4

 
Next RAMP Meeting: 1/8/14 – Note the special date due to the New Year holiday.

Update on State Legislative Package & Priorities

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

11/6/13 RAMP 8AM



AGENDA  -  November 6, 2013
The Fabulich Center
3600 Port of Tacoma Road; 98424

8:00     Welcome & Self-Introductions                                  
            Pat McCarthy, RAMP Co-Chair, Pierce County Executive

8:05     Point Defiance Bypass Rail Project
            David Smelser, Cascades High Speed Rail Program Manager

8:20     Sound Transit Updates:
            - Tacoma Trestle Replacement
            - Long Range Planning
            Chelsea Levy, Sound Transit

8:45     State Transportation Package
            Tom Pierson, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber President & CEO

8:50     Round Robin

9:00     Closing Remarks & Adjourn
            John Wolfe, RAMP Co-Chair, Port of Tacoma CEO            

Next RAMP Meeting
TBD

RAMP is a regional coalition including business, labor, public and private organizations and citizens dedicated to improved mobility in the South Sound and Washington State.  Our mission is to ensure a healthy regional economy associated with the development of an effective, efficient transportation system and the resources to sustain it. RAMP is co-chaired by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe and Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber President & CEO Tom Pierson.