Freight and tourism will be talking points when the Washington State Transportation Commission meets next week with local officials from Centralia, Chehalis and the Lewis County Area.

The meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Council Chambers, Centralia City Hall, 118 Maple St. This is a public meeting; persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during a public comment period.

The meeting features a series of short presentations on transportation topics in the Twin Cities’ region. Two panels will address the connections between transportation and economic development in Centralia, Chehalis and Lewis County. The Lewis County Economic Development Council and the Port of Chehalis will discuss how rail and highway access are critical to economic vitality.  Representatives from the White Pass Scenic Byway, the Centralia Downtown Association, and the Chehalis Community Renaissance Team will describe how bike paths, pedestrian safety, passenger train service, and electric charging stations can help grow tourism and recreation.

The agenda also includes presentations on the impact of a basin-wide flood control plan and briefings on the transportation needs in the urban area of Centralia and Chehalis, as well as transportation issues for the Chehalis Tribe.