Interested in talking transportation? The Transportation Policy Board (TPB) - a subcommittee of the Thurston Regional Planning Council - seeks two (2) Community Representatives and three (3) Business Representatives to serve as full voting members on an active committee with engaged and dedicated elected officials and staff.
We need diverse business and community voices at the Transportation Policy Board table – people who care about our community and want to improve the transportation system. The system provides a variety of ways for people to travel to jobs and school, access essential services, and do business in our community. Decisions about our transportation system can also impact health, equity, tourism, and the environment. The Board discusses topics that include state and federal transportation legislation, autonomous vehicles and flying cars, distribution of federal funding, increasing equity in decision-making, trails, and telework on the Capitol Campus.
In this time of transition, we see people changing the way they travel and perhaps not traveling at all for business or services. The Transportation Policy Board (TPB) needs your help to create and maintain a transportation system that meets the needs of the residents and businesses in the Thurston Region.
The TPB seeks individuals who will bring the perspective of residents in the area, as well as private business owners, business associations, and/or economic development to the table. Business representatives typically speak for general business interests, but may also speak for an industry sector, or bring experience from their own business to the regional table.
The Transportation Policy Board (TPB) advises the Thurston Regional Planning Council on regional transportation policy, planning, and funding. The TPB seeks two business representatives who will serve as full voting members.
TPB members reflect the diversity of the region, including rural and urban communities, state government, school districts, Tribes, and transit. Elected officials represent municipal government. TPB representation also includes two community representatives and three business representatives, with full voting status. State legislators from the 2nd, 20th, 22nd, and 35th Legislative Districts serve as ex officio non-voting members
Membership requires an interest in transportation issues, a regional perspective, and a willingness to consider new ideas and opposing viewpoints. Members are expected to prepare for, attend, and actively participate in regular scheduled meetings, and may participate in other ad hoc meetings, committees, and transportation-related events.
The TPB typically meets on the second Wednesday of each month, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., except for August when the TPB is on hiatus. Occasionally, meetings may extend until 9:00 a.m. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board is holding remote only meetings. Meetings are open to the public.
The TPB seeks individuals who will bring the perspective of private business owners, business associations, and/or economic development to the table. Business representatives typically speak for general business interests, but may also speak for an industry sector, or bring experience from their own business to the regional table.
Terms of Appointment
TPB members serve for a term of one or two years, with no limit to the number of terms served.
The recruitment has a rolling end date and will be open until all positions are filled. However, to begin the process, interested candidates are encouraged to return their application form by Friday, March 18, 2022. Transportation Policy Board members will review applications and determine the need for interviews.