Belfair’s Dan O’Neal has been elected to serve as chairman of the Washington State Transportation Commission, succeeding Seattle’s Dick Ford, who chaired the commission for the last two years. According to a news release, O’Neal has been a member of the Transportation Commission since 2003. He is on the board of directors of Greenbrier Companies (GBX), a publicly traded railroad car leasing and manufacturing company, and has owned and operated transportation and software businesses. O’Neal has worked to gain private and public-sector support for improved freight transportation infrastructure, and served as chair of the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board. He is a member of the Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council. Prior to joining a law firm in 1980 he was chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission and also served as transportation counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee chaired by Senator Warren Magnuson. The Washington State Transportation Commission is an independent state agency that provides a public forum for transportation policy development. It reviews and evaluates how the entire transportation system works across the state and issues the state’s 20-year Transportation Plan. As the state tolling authority, the commission sets tolls for state highways and bridges and fares for Washington State Ferries. The seven-member board is comprised of private citizens who are appointed by the Governor for six-year terms.