Transportation Board reappointment for county councilmember

Pierce County Councilmember Calvin Goings has been re-appointed to the 21-member state Transportation Improvement Board by Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Douglas B. MacDonald. The term expires June 30, 2010.

“The Transportation Improvement Board clearly demonstrates the benefits of a cooperative, well-coordinated partnership approach to solving transportation problems. You play a significant role in this process,” MacDonald said in a letter to Goings.

Transportation has been a personal priority for Goings since his tenure as vice chair of the Washington State Senate Transportation Committee.

“I witnessed the TIB’s important role in identifying and funding critically needed local transportation projects,” he said.

The Puyallup resident serves on the County Council leadership team as Executive Pro Tempore. Pierce County has received millions of dollars from the TIB for road improvement projects in recent years. Canyon Road widening from SR 512 to Frederickson and the Lake Tapps Parkway new construction are examples of TIB projects in Pierce County, according to Stevan Gorcester, TIB director.

Revenue for the grant funding comes from the three cents of the statewide gas tax dedicated by the Legislature to projects selected by the TIB. The agency’s primary purpose is to administer state funding for local government transportation projects. Projects are funded by utilizing TIB revenue in combination with local matching funds and private sector contributions.