Transportation Commission

Bridge path on trail


The Transportation Commission advises City Council, through the City Manager, regarding planning and development of transportation issues referred to the Commission by the City Council. The Kirkland Transportation Commission meets regularly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 PM in the City Council Chamber.


 Next Meeting

Public Service Announcement: In response to guidance from Public Health Seattle-King County, we encourage members of the community to implement social distancing as much as possible and in the interim use the following methods to interact with the Transportation Commission meeting.  The virtual meeting will be presented live on Zoom as a webinar following normal meeting guidelines.  There is a public comment section at the start of each meeting.  The virtual meeting audio will be recorded and posted on the City's website. 

Please see details below for the next meeting.

The meeting scheduled for November 24th is cancelled.

Time: 6:00 PM - Special Meeting

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Zoom meeting room will open at 5:45 PM for the 6:00 PM meeting start.  Public comment occurs at the start of the meeting. 

Location: Virtual Meeting

Community members may join the virtual meeting through the Zoom link below or via telephone by calling 888-475-4499 (toll-free) or 877-853-5257 (toll-free)

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Meeting ID: 920 2684 4221

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Note: The City of Kirkland appreciates the interest of our citizens and values public involvement. We make every effort to make the recordings of our meetings available soon after each meeting is completed. However, due to technical difficulties that may occur with our digital recording system it may take up to four days for a recording to become available online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Meet the Transportation Commissioners

Kurt Ahrensfeld - Chair (term expires 3/31/23)

Kurt Ahrensfeld

I am a registered civil engineer with over 36 years of experience in the transportation consulting field, serving primarily local agencies (State, County and Cities) within the Puget Sound Region. As a Senior Project Manager in the Perteet Everett office, I have been involved in highway, transit, and non-motorized improvement projects for improving safety, mobility and capacity. These projects typically involve multiple public and regulatory agencies, numerous stakeholders and ever increasing public outreach. I find that my profession is rewarding not only for seeing projects successfully completed, but also the opportunity to work as a team and to create synergy and endorsement with stakeholders.

As a resident of Highlands for over 20 years, I have seen considerable growth and change in the greater Kirkland area and the challenges to maintain the spirit and atmosphere that is attractive to not only residents but local, national and international visitors. The growth of traffic and congestion and decreasing parking particularly downtown reinforce the need to make the community more livable and walkable. Improvements that make the city more attractive to pedestrian and bicycle traffic has the benefit of reducing the vehicular demand on limited infrastructure. I am excited by the opportunity to be part of the creation of short and long term solutions to transportation issues we face within the City.

Faith DeBolt - Vice-Chair (term expires 3/31/22)

Faith DeBolt

My family moved to the Finn Hill neighborhood in Kirkland from Seattle in 2011 so that I could be closer to my office in Bellevue. We are a one car family, and I bike commute year-round and use public transportation often. We chose to buy a home in Kirkland over Bellevue because Kirkland is a more walk-able and bike-able city, full of beautiful trees and green spaces. I hope to not only keep it that way but make it even more so. I believe providing people safe, multi-modal alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle transportation is the fastest, most cost-effective way to address the growing traffic problems in our region while maintaining its natural beauty and improving the health of our citizens.

I am a board member of Kirkland Greenways, the bike-to-school coordinator at Thoreau Elementary, and I contributed to the Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan. I look forward to bringing the problem solving skills I practice as an engineering consultant in the energy efficiency industry to the Transportation Commission and collaborating with my fellow commissioners, city staff, the Council, and other regional stakeholders. 

Hayden Goldberg - Youth member (term expires 3/31/2022)

I moved to the Seattle area in 2012 and have been living in Houghton the entire time. I'm now 17 and am majoring in Political Science and Economics at the University of Washington. Since I moved here, development on the Cross Kirkland Corridor began, and I grew up watching it, only a few blocks away. I understand its importance and value to the community as a public space, part, and multimodal transportation corridor. As the youth member, I will bring a more forward thinking view, 5, 10 years down the line, rather than being solely focused on how something impacts us today or next year.

My experiences as a daily commuter across the 520 Bridge to the University of Washington were what first drove my interest in transportation. I understand and experience first hand the changes to and importance of public transportation. Traffic and congestion are byproducts of cars, and we need a future without them. To that end, I am committed to advocating for sustainable transportation solutions and development, in addition to promoting accessibility and inclusion across our city.

Lisa McConnell (term expires 3/31/22)

Lisa McConnell

I have been a resident of the Houghton neighborhood since 1997.  Currently the co-chair of the Central Houghton Neighborhood Association, I have also held other positions, as well as representing my neighborhood in KAN.  I have participated in our neighborhood plan update, park bond exploratory committee, and am a Green Kirkland Park Steward for Carillon Woods.  I have been a longtime advocate for the development  of a world class trail for pedestrians and bikers on the Cross Kirkland Corridor.  I hope to bring an average citizen and neighborhood perspective to the Transportation Commission, as well as share information from the Commission out into the community. 

Brian Magee (term expires 3/31/24)

Brian Magee

Transportation is a passion of mine and has been ever since I was a kid. That passion led me to a career in civil engineering where, today, I am a Senior Transportation Engineer in HDR’s Bellevue office and an expert in complete streets design. I truly enjoy taking an active role in applying evolving trends in the industry to make transportation facilities safer, more welcoming, and more sustainable.

My family came to Kirkland in 2013 because we wanted to live in a community is committed to being walkable and a wonderful place for our young children to grow up. Over time, I’ve become an avid volunteer building community as a Board Member of the Juanita Neighborhoods Association (JNA), making our streets safer through the Neighborhood Safety Program (NSP), and as an Adopt a Pedestrian Crosswalk Flag volunteer. On the Transportation Commission, I am excited to apply my expertise as an engineer and as an engaged member of the community help Kirkland maximize investments into transportation to make our City an even better place to walk, bike, travel, and live.  

AJ Antrim (term expires 3/31/25)

AJ Antrim

I have lived in the Puget Sound region my entire life, where I have commuted via bus, ferry, car, and foot.  In 2020, my partner and I moved to Kirkland in order for us to walk and bike to work.  Because of that, we are a one-car household which is proof of the benefits of transportation-oriented development.

With my position on the Commission, I hope to make it possible for others to use alternative forms of transportation such as walking, biking, and busing on their commutes by improving their reliability, safety, and convenience.  My life has been greatly improved by the recent infrastructure changes and I hope to provide a long-term, forward thinking perspective.

I graduated from the University of Washington in 2020 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and now work as a Vehicle Controls Engineer at Kenworth.

Rafael Fernandez (term expires 3/31/25)

Rafael Fernandez

I am a computer scientist with over a decade of experience in the tech industry.  When I was in academia, I worked both in Computer Science and Civil Engineering in an exciting area called Intelligent Transportation Systems.  Things have evolved since then: we now talk about big data, when back then we talked about needing more data.  We now talk about artificial intelligence as a commodity, where back then it was a bit of a luxury.  The opportunity however remains the same: understand traffic flow and the dynamics of the transportation infrastructure in our communities through data analytics at scale.

Our family has been living in Kirkland for over a decade now and we have seen positive growth and exciting changes in our transportation infrastructure.  I joined the commission because I am interested in applying data analytics towards supporting multiple modes of transportation, promoting accessibility, and working towards making travel times more predictable.

Michelle Quinton (term expires 3/31/24)

Michelle Quinton

I have lived in the beautiful South Rose Hill neighborhood of Kirkland for about 25 years.  I’ve been passionate about transportation for most of my life and I bike, bus, or walk places as much as possible.  Not only do these forms of transportation have a lower environmental impact, but I also simply enjoy them so much more than sitting in a car.  I have 5 kids and I’m always on the lookout for kid friendly paths and streets for them to use as well. 

I’ve worked at Microsoft for many years and am currently an Architect on our M365 Cloud infrastructure.  I’m excited about bringing my professional experience in engineering and my personal passion around transportation to this commission.  We have an opportunity to make our city more accessible, safer, and more vibrant for everyone.