CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2151
1991 Regular Session
Passed by the House March 19, 1991
Yeas 97 Nays 1
Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 18, 1991
Yeas 44 Nays 0
President of the Senate
Governor of the State of Washington
I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2151 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Secretary of State
State of Washington
ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2151
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives R. Fisher, G. Fisher, Forner, Mitchell, Prentice, Prince, Paris, Hine, Wood and Horn).
Read first time March 11, 1991.
AN ACT Relating to high capacity transportation systems; amending RCW 81.104.010, 81.104.020, 81.104.030, 81.104.040, 81.104.050, 81.104.060, 81.104.080, 81.104.090, 81.104.100, 81.104.110, 81.104.140, 81.104.160, 82.80.020, 36.57A.040, 36.57A.055, and 36.57A.140; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 81.104.010 and 1990 c 43 s 22 are each amended to read as follows:
congestion on Washington's roadways calls for identification and implementation
of high capacity transportation system alternatives. "High capacity
transportation system" means a system of public transportation
,)) within an urbanized region operating principally on
exclusive rights of way, and the supporting services and facilities
necessary to implement such a system, including high occupancy vehicle lanes,
which taken as a whole, provides a substantially higher level of passenger capacity,
speed, and service frequency than traditional public transportation systems
operating principally (( on)) in general purpose (( roadway
rights of way)) roadways. The legislature believes that local
jurisdictions should coordinate and be responsible for high capacity
transportation policy development, program planning, and implementation. The
state should assist by working with local agencies on issues involving rights
of way, partially financing projects meeting established state criteria including
development and completion of the high occupancy vehicle lane system,
authorizing local jurisdictions to finance high capacity transportation systems
through voter-approved tax options, and providing technical assistance and
Sec. 2. RCW 81.104.020 and 1990 c 43 s 23 are each amended to read as follows:
The department of transportation's current policy role in transit is expanded to include other high capacity transportation development as part of a multimodal transportation system.
(1) The department of transportation shall implement a program for high capacity transportation coordination, planning, and technical studies with appropriations from the high capacity transportation account.
The department shall assist local jurisdictions and ((
transportation planning organizations with high capacity transportation
Sec. 3. RCW 81.104.030 and 1990 c 43 s 24 are each amended to read as follows:
class A)) county with a population of from two hundred ten
thousand to less than one million that is not bordered by a (( class AA))
county with a population of one million or more, and in (( counties of
the first class and smaller)) each county with a population of less than
two hundred ten thousand, city-owned transit systems, county transportation
authorities, metropolitan municipal corporations, and public transportation
benefit areas may elect to establish high capacity transportation service.
Such agencies shall form a regional policy committee with proportional
representation based upon population distribution within the designated service
area and a representative of the department of transportation.
City-owned transit systems, county transportation authorities, metropolitan
municipal corporations, and public transportation benefit areas participating
in joint regional policy committees shall seek voter approval within their own
service boundaries of a high capacity transportation system plan and (( an
implementation program including a)) financing (( program. (b)
An interim regional authority may be formed pursuant to RCW 81.104.040(2) and
shall seek voter approval of a high capacity transportation plan and financing
program within its proposed service boundaries)) plan.
City-owned transit systems, county transportation authorities, metropolitan
municipal corporations, and public transportation benefit areas in counties
adjoining state or international boundaries are authorized to participate in
the regional high capacity transportation programs of an adjoining state or ((
Sec. 4. RCW 81.104.040 and 1990 c 43 s 25 are each amended to read as follows:
Agencies in ((
a class AA)) each county with a population of
one million or more, and in (( class A counties)) each county with
a population of from two hundred ten thousand to less than one million
bordering a (( class AA)) county with a population of one million or
more that are currently authorized to provide high capacity transportation
planning and operating services, including but not limited to city-owned transit
systems, county transportation authorities, metropolitan municipal
corporations, and public transportation benefit areas, must establish through
interlocal agreements a joint regional policy committee with proportional
representation based upon the population distribution within each agency's
designated service area, as determined by the parties to the agreement.
(a) The membership of the joint regional policy committee shall consist of locally elected officials who serve on the legislative authority of the existing transit systems and a representative from the department of transportation. Nonvoting membership for elected officials from adjoining counties may be allowed at the committee's discretion.
The joint regional policy committee shall be responsible for the preparation
and adoption of a regional high capacity transportation implementation
program, which shall include the system plan, project plans, and ((
implementation program including)) a financing (( package)) plan.
This (( plan)) program shall be in conformance with the (( metropolitan))
regional transportation planning organization's regional transportation
plan and consistent with RCW 81.104.080.
agreements shall be executed within two years of March 14, 1990.)) The
joint regional policy committee shall present a high capacity transportation system
plan and (( local funding program)) financing plan to the boards
of directors of the transit agencies within the service area for adoption.
Transit agencies shall present the adopted high capacity transportation
system plan and financing ((
program)) plan for voter approval
within four years of the execution of the interlocal agreements. A simple
majority vote is required for approval of the high capacity transportation system
plan and financing (( program)) plan in any service district
within each county. The implementation (( of the)) program may
proceed in any service area approving the (( plan and program)) system
and financing plans.
interlocal agreements have not been executed within two years from March 14,
1990, the designated metropolitan planning organization shall convene within
one hundred eighty days a conference to be attended by an elected
representative selected by the legislative authority of each city and county in
a class AA county and in class A counties bordering a class AA county. (a)
Public notice of the conference shall occur thirty days before the date of the
The purpose of the conference is to evaluate the need for developing high
capacity transportation service in a class AA county and in class A counties
bordering a class AA county and to determine the desirability of a regional
approach to developing such service. (c)
The conference may elect to continue high capacity transportation efforts on a
subregional basis through existing transit planning and operating agencies. (d)
The conference may elect to pursue regional development by creating a
multicounty interim regional high capacity transportation authority.
Conference members shall determine the structure and composition of any interim
regional authority. (i)
The interim regional authority shall propose a permanent authority or
authorities for voter approval. Permanent regional authorities shall become
the responsible agencies for planning, construction, operations, and funding of
high capacity transportation systems within their service boundaries. Funding
sources for a regional high capacity transportation authority or authorities
are separate from currently authorized funding sources for city-owned transit
systems, county transportation authorities, metropolitan municipal authorities,
or public transportation benefit areas. (ii)
State and local jurisdictions, county transportation authorities, metropolitan
municipal corporations, or public transportation benefit areas shall retain
responsibility for existing facilities and/or services, unless the
responsibility is transferred to the high capacity transportation authority or
authorities by interlocal agreement. (3)
If, within four years of the execution of the interlocal agreements, a high
capacity transportation plan and financing program has been approved by a
simple majority vote within a participating jurisdiction, that jurisdiction may
proceed with high capacity transportation development. If within four years of
the execution of the interlocal agreements, a high capacity transportation plan
and program has not been approved by a simple majority vote within one or more
of the participating jurisdictions, the joint regional policy committee shall
convene within one hundred eighty days, a conference to be attended by
participating jurisdictions within which a plan and financing program have not
been approved. Such a conference shall be for the same purpose and shall be
subject to the same conditions as described in subsection (2) of this section. (4))) High
capacity transportation (( service)) planning, construction, operations,
and funding shall be governed through the interlocal agreement process,
including but not limited to provision for a cost allocation and distribution
formula, service corridors, station area locations, right of way transfers, and
feeder transportation systems. The interlocal agreement shall include a
mechanism for resolving conflicts among parties to the agreement.
Sec. 5. RCW 81.104.050 and 1990 c 43 s 26 are each amended to read as follows:
Regional high capacity transportation service boundaries may be expanded beyond the established service district through interlocal agreements among the transit agencies and the local jurisdictions within which such expanded service is proposed.
Sec. 6. RCW 81.104.060 and 1990 c 43 s 27 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The state's planning role in high capacity transportation development as one element of a multimodal transportation system should facilitate cooperative state and local planning efforts.
(2) The department of transportation may serve as a contractor for high
capacity transportation system and project design, administer
construction, and assist agencies authorized to provide service in the
acquisition, preservation, and joint use of rights of way.
(3) The department and local jurisdictions shall continue to cooperate
with respect to the development of (( park-and-ride)) high occupancy
vehicle lanes and related facilities, associated roadways, transfer
stations, people mover systems developed either by the public or private
sector, and other related projects.
(4) The department in cooperation with local jurisdictions shall develop
policies which enhance the development of high speed (( intercity)) interregional
systems by both the private and the public sector. These policies may address
joint use of rights of way, identification and preservation of transportation
corridors, and joint development of stations and other facilities.
Sec. 7. RCW 81.104.080 and 1990 c 43 s 29 are each amended to read as follows:
transportation plans should be considered in adopting local land use plans.))
Where applicable, regional transportation plans and local (( land use))
comprehensive plans (( should)) shall address the (( impacts
of)) relationship between urban growth (( on)) and an
effective high capacity transportation (( planning and development)) system
plan, and provide for cooperation between local jurisdictions and transit
Regional high capacity transportation plans shall be included in the designated
metropolitan)) regional transportation planning organization's
regional transportation plan review and update process to facilitate
development of a coordinated multimodal transportation system and to meet
federal funding requirements.
state and local jurisdictions)) Interlocal agreements between transit
authorities, cities, and counties shall (( cooperate in encouraging))
set forth conditions for assuring land uses compatible with development
of high capacity transportation systems. These include developing sufficient
land use densities through local actions in high capacity transportation
corridors and near passenger stations, preserving transit rights of way, and
protecting the region's environmental quality. The implementation program
for high capacity transportation systems shall favor cities and counties with
supportive land use plans. In developing local actions intended to carry
out these policies (( local governments)) cities and counties
shall insure the opportunity for public comment and participation in the siting
of such facilities, including stations or transfer facilities. Agencies
providing high capacity transportation services, in cooperation with public and
private interests, shall promote transit-compatible land uses and development
which includes joint development.
(3) Interlocal agreements shall be consistent with state planning goals as set forth in chapter 36.70A RCW. Agreements shall also include plans for concentrated employment centers, mixed-use development, and housing densities that support high capacity transportation systems.
(4) Agencies providing high capacity transportation service and other transit agencies shall develop a cooperative process for the planning, development, operations, and funding of feeder transportation systems. Feeder systems may include existing and future intercity passenger systems and alternative technology people mover systems which may be developed by the private or public sector.
Jurisdictions, working through)) (5) Cities and counties along corridors
designated in a high capacity transportation system plan shall enter into
agreements with their designated (( metropolitan)) regional transportation
planning organizations, (( shall manage)) for the purpose of
participating in a right of way preservation review process which includes
activities to promote the preservation of the high capacity transportation
rights of way. The regional transportation planning organization shall
serve as the coordinator of the review process.
Cities and counties shall forward all development proposals for projects
within and adjoining to the rights of way proposed for preservation to the designated
(( metropolitan)) regional transportation planning organizations,
which shall distribute the proposals for (( local and regional agency))
review by parties to the right of way preservation review process.
metropolitan)) regional transportation planning
organizations shall also review proposals for conformance with the regional
transportation plan and associated regional development strategies. The
designated (( metropolitan)) regional transportation planning
organization shall within ninety days compile local and regional agency
comments and communicate the same to the originating jurisdiction and the joint
regional policy committee (( or, if established, a regional high capacity
Sec. 8. RCW 81.104.090 and 1990 c 43 s 30 are each amended to read as follows:
department of transportation shall((
, upon dissolution of the rail
development commission, assume responsibility)) be responsible for
distributing amounts appropriated from the high capacity transportation account
and shall prioritize funding requests based on criteria in subsection (3) of
(1) The department shall establish an advisory council of policy and technical experts pursuant to RCW 47.01.091 to assist in the review of requests for high capacity transportation account funds. The council shall be comprised of one representative from each congressional district, a designee of the governor, the executive director or a designee of the transportation improvement board, the director of the Washington state transportation center, and the chair or designee of the legislative transportation committee.
State high capacity transportation account funds may provide up to eighty
percent matching assistance for high capacity transportation planning efforts
and for support of interim regional high capacity transportation
(3) Authorizations for state funding for high capacity transportation planning projects shall be subject to the following criteria:
Conformance with the designated ((
transportation planning organization's regional transportation plan;
(b) Local matching funds;
(c) Demonstration of projected improvement in regional mobility;
(d) Conformance with planning requirements prescribed in RCW 81.104.100, and if five hundred thousand dollars or more in state funding is requested, conformance with the requirements of RCW 81.104.110; and
Establishment, through interlocal agreements, of a joint regional policy
committee (( with proportional representation based upon population
distribution within each agency's designated service area)) as defined in
RCW 81.104.030(( ; (ii)
Establishment of a demonstrated regional agreement through a
multijurisdictional conference to pursue high capacity transportation
development on a subregional basis through established transit planning and
operating agencies as defined in RCW 81.104.040; or (iii)
Establishment, through a multijurisdictional conference, of an interim high
capacity transportation authority as defined in RCW)) or
(4) The department of transportation shall provide general review and monitoring of the system and project planning process prescribed in RCW 81.104.100.
Sec. 9. RCW 81.104.100 and 1990 c 43 s 31 are each amended to read as follows:
the adoption)) development of an effective high capacity
transportation system, local authorities shall follow the following planning
Regional, multimodal transportation planning is the ongoing urban
transportation planning process conducted in each urbanized area by its (( metropolitan))
regional transportation planning organization. During this process,
regional transportation goals are identified, travel patterns are analyzed, and
future land use and travel are projected. The (( system planning))
process provides a comprehensive view of the region's transportation needs but
does not select (( a)) specified modes to serve those needs. (( System
planning)) The process shall identify a priority corridor or
corridors for further study of high capacity transportation facilities if
it is deemed feasible by local officials.
Project)) High capacity transportation system planning is the
detailed evaluation of a range of high capacity transportation system
options, including (( (i))): Do nothing, (( (ii))) low
capital, and (( (iii))) ranges of higher capital facilities. To the
extent possible this evaluation shall take into account the urban mass
transportation administration's requirements identified in subsection (3) of
Project)) High capacity transportation system planning shall proceed
(a) Organization and management. The responsible local transit agency
or agencies shall define roles for various local agencies, review background
information, provide for public involvement, and develop a detailed work plan
for the (( project)) system planning process.
(b) Development of options. Options to be studied shall be developed to
ensure an appropriate range of technologies and service policies can be
evaluated. A do-nothing option and a low capital option that maximizes the
current system shall be developed. Several higher capital options that
consider a range of capital expenditures for several candidate
technologies shall be developed.
(c) Analysis methods. The local transit agency shall develop reports
describing the analysis and assumptions for the estimation of capital costs,
operating and maintenance costs, methods for travel forecasting, a financial
plan and an evaluation methodology.
Study of options.)) (d) The system plan submitted to the voters pursuant
to RCW 81.04.140 shall address, but is not limited to the following issues:
(i) Identification of level and types of high capacity transportation services to be provided;
(ii) A plan of high occupancy vehicle lanes to be constructed;
(iii) Identification of route alignments and station locations with sufficient specificity to permit calculation of costs, ridership, and system impacts;
(iv) Performance characteristics of technologies in the system plan;
(v) Patronage forecasts;
(vi) A financing plan describing: Phasing of investments; capital and operating costs and expected revenues; cost-effectiveness represented by a total cost per system rider and new rider estimate; estimated ridership and the cost of service for each individual high capacity line; and identification of the operating revenue to operating expense ratio.
The financing plan shall specifically differentiate the proposed use of funds between high capacity transportation facilities, high occupancy vehicle facilities, and expanded local/feeder service;
(vii) Description of the relationship between the high capacity transportation system plan and adopted land use plans;
(viii) An assessment of social, economic, and environmental impacts; and
(ix) Mobility characteristics of the system presented, including but not limited to: Qualitative description of system/service philosophy and impacts; qualitative system reliability; travel time and number of transfers between selected residential, employment, and activity centers; and system and activity center mode splits.
High capacity transportation project planning is the detailed identification of
alignments, station locations, equipment and systems, construction schedules,
environmental effects, and costs. High capacity transportation project
planning shall proceed as follows: The local transit agency shall ((
the methods described in (iii) of this subsection to)) analyze and
produce (( impact)) information needed for (( project evaluation and
for)) the preparation of (( an)) environmental impact statements.
The impact (( evaluation)) statements shall address the impact
that development of such a (( project)) system will have on
abutting or nearby (( residential or commercial)) property owners. The
process of identification of (( corridors)) alignments and station
locations shall include notification of affected property owners by normal
legal publication. At minimum, such notification shall include notice on the
same day for at least three weeks in at least two newspapers of general
circulation in the county where such project is proposed. Special notice of
hearings by the conspicuous posting of notice, in a manner designed to attract
public attention, in the vicinity of areas identified for station locations or
transfer sites shall also be provided.
Review and monitor. The department of transportation shall provide project
review and monitoring in cooperation with the expert review panel identified in
RCW 81.104.110. In addition, the local transit agency shall maintain a
continuous public involvement program and seek involvement of other government
Detailed planning process.)) In order to increase the
likelihood of future federal funding, the (( system and)) project
planning processes shall follow the urban mass transportation administration's
requirements as described in "Procedures and Technical Methods for Transit
Project Planning", published by the United States department of
transportation, urban mass transportation administration, September 1986, or the
most recent edition. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to preclude
detailed evaluation of more than one corridor in the planning process.
The department of transportation shall provide system and project planning review and monitoring in cooperation with the expert review panel identified in RCW 81.104.110. In addition, the local transit agency shall maintain a continuous public involvement program and seek involvement of other government agencies.
Sec. 10. RCW 81.104.110 and 1990 c 43 s 32 are each amended to read as follows:
legislature recognizes that the planning ((
described in RCW 81.104.100 provide(( s)) a recognized framework for
guiding high capacity transportation studies. However, the process cannot
guarantee appropriate (( transit)) decisions unless key study assumptions
assure appropriate ((
project)) system plan assumptions and to
provide for review of (( project)) system plan results, (( the
department of transportation shall develop independent oversight procedures
which are appropriate to the scope of any project for which high capacity
transportation account funds are requested.)) an expert review panel
shall be appointed to provide independent technical review for development
of any (( project)) system plan which is to be funded in whole
or in part by the imposition of any voter-approved local option funding sources
enumerated in RCW 81.104.140.
(1) The expert review panel shall consist of ten members who are recognized experts in relevant fields, such as transit operations, planning, emerging transportation technologies, engineering, finance, law, the environment, geography, economics, and political science.
(2) The expert review panel shall be selected cooperatively by the chair of the legislative transportation committee, the secretary of the department of transportation, and the governor to assure a balance of disciplines.
The chair of the expert review panel shall be designated by the appointing ((
(4) The expert review panel shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for expenses according to chapter 43.03 RCW.
(5) The panel shall carry out the duties set forth in subsections (6) and (7) of this section until the date on which an election is held to consider the high capacity transportation system and financing plans. Funds appropriated for expenses of the expert panel shall be administered by the department of transportation.
The expert panel shall review all reports required in RCW 81.104.100(2)((
but)) and shall concentrate on service modes and concepts, costs,
patronage(( ,)) and financing(( , and project)) evaluations.
The expert panel shall provide timely reviews and comments on individual ((
reports and study conclusions to the governor, the legislative transportation
committee, the department of transportation, the regional transportation
planning organization, the joint regional policy committee, and the
submitting lead transit agency.
(8) The legislative transportation committee shall contract for consulting services for expert review panels. The amount of consultant support shall be negotiated with each expert review panel by the legislative transportation committee and shall be paid from appropriations for that purpose from the high capacity transportation account.
Sec. 11. RCW 81.104.140 and 1990 c 43 s 35 are each amended to read as follows:
Agencies authorized to provide high capacity transportation service, including
city-owned transit systems, county transportation authorities, metropolitan
municipal corporations and public transportation benefit areas, are hereby
granted dedicated funding sources for such systems. These dedicated funding
sources, as set forth in RCW 81.104.150, 81.104.160, and 81.104.170, are
authorized only for agencies located in ((
class AA counties, class A
counties, counties of the first class which border another state, and counties
which, on March 14, 1990, are of the second class and which adjoin class A
counties)) (a) each county with a population of two hundred ten thousand
or more and (b) each county with a population of from one hundred twenty-five
thousand to less than two hundred ten thousand except for those counties that
do not border a county with a population as described under (a) of this
providing)) planning to construct and operate a high
capacity transportation (( service)) system should also seek other
funds, including federal, state, local, and private sector assistance.
(3) Funding sources should satisfy each of the following criteria to the greatest extent possible:
(b) Ease of administration;
(d) Implementation feasibility;
(e) Revenue reliability; and
(f) Revenue yield.
Agencies participating in regional high capacity transportation system
development through interlocal agreements ((
or a conference-approved interim
regional rail authority or subregional process as defined in RCW 81.104.040))
are authorized to levy and collect the following voter-approved local option
(a) Employer tax as provided in RCW 81.104.150;
(b) Special motor vehicle excise tax as provided in RCW 81.104.160; and
(c) Sales and use tax as provided in RCW 81.104.170.
from these taxes may be used only to support those purposes prescribed in
(8))) (10) of this section. Before (( an agency
may)) the date of an election authorizing an agency to impose any of
the taxes enumerated in this section and authorized in RCW 81.104.150,
81.104.160, and 81.104.170, (( it)) the agency must comply with
the process prescribed in RCW 81.104.100(1) and (2) and 81.104.110. No
construction on exclusive right of way may occur before the requirements of RCW
81.104.100(3) are met.
(5) Authorization in subsection (4) of this section shall not adversely affect the funding authority of existing transit agencies. Local option funds may be used to support implementation of interlocal agreements with respect to the establishment of regional high capacity transportation service. Local jurisdictions shall retain control over moneys generated within their boundaries, although funds may be commingled with those generated in other areas for planning, construction, and operation of high capacity transportation systems as set forth in the agreements.
providing)) planning to construct and operate high
capacity transportation (( service)) systems may contract with the
state for collection and transference of voter-approved local option
(7) Dedicated high capacity transportation funding sources authorized in RCW 81.104.150, 81.104.160, and 81.104.170 shall be subject to voter approval by a simple majority. A single ballot proposition may seek approval for one or more of the authorized taxing sources. The ballot title shall reference the document identified in subsection (8) of this section.
(8) Agencies shall provide to the registered voters in the area a document describing the systems plan and the financing plan set forth in RCW 81.104.100. It shall also describe the relationship of the system to regional issues such as development density at station locations and activity centers, and the interrelationship of the system to adopted land use and transportation demand management goals within the region. This document shall be provided to the voters at least twenty days prior to the date of the election.
(9) For any election in which voter approval is sought for a high capacity transportation system plan and financing plan pursuant to RCW 81.104.040, a local voter's pamphlet shall be produced as provided in chapter 29.81A RCW.
(10) Agencies providing high capacity transportation service shall retain responsibility for revenue encumbrance, disbursement, and bonding. Funds may be used for any purpose relating to planning, construction, and operation of high capacity transportation systems, commuter rail systems, and feeder transportation systems.
Sec. 12. RCW 81.104.160 and 1990 c 43 s 42 are each amended to read as follows:
city that operates a transit system, county transportation authority,
metropolitan municipal corporation, or public transportation benefit area,
solely for the purpose of providing high capacity transportation service may
submit an authorizing proposition to the voters, and if approved, may levy and
collect an excise tax, at a rate approved by the voters, but not exceeding
eighty one-hundredths of one percent on the value, under chapter 82.44 RCW, of
every motor vehicle owned by a resident of such city, county transportation
authority, metropolitan municipal corporation, or public transportation benefit
area. In any county imposing a motor vehicle excise tax surcharge pursuant to
RCW 81.100.060, the maximum tax rate under this section shall be reduced to a
rate equal to eighty one-hundredths of one percent on the value less the
equivalent motor vehicle excise tax rate of the surcharge imposed pursuant to
RCW 81.100.060. ((
This authority may be exercised only if all local
agencies which are parties to an interlocal agreement or members of a regional
authority under RCW 81.104.040 are imposing the tax at the same rate.))
This rate shall not apply to vehicles licensed under RCW 46.16.070 except
vehicles with an unladen weight of six thousand pounds or less, RCW 46.16.079,
46.16.080, 46.16.085, or 46.16.090.
Sec. 13. RCW 82.80.020 and 1990 c 42 s 206 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The legislative authority of a county may fix and impose an additional fee, not to exceed fifteen dollars per vehicle, for each vehicle that is subject to license fees under RCW 46.16.060 and is determined by the department of licensing to be registered within the boundaries of the county.
(2) The department of licensing shall administer and collect the fee. The department shall deduct a percentage amount, as provided by contract, not to exceed two percent of the taxes collected, for administration and collection expenses incurred by it. The remaining proceeds shall be remitted to the custody of the state treasurer for monthly distribution under RCW 82.80.080.
(3) The proceeds of this fee shall be used strictly for transportation purposes in accordance with RCW 82.80.070.
(4) A county imposing this fee shall delay the effective date at least six months from the date the ordinance is enacted to allow the department of licensing to implement administration and collection of the fee.
(5) The legislative authority of a county may develop and initiate a refund process of the fifteen dollar fee to the registered owners of vehicles residing within the boundaries of the county who are sixty-one years old or older at the time of payment of the fee and whose household income for the previous calendar year is eighteen thousand dollars or less or who has a physical disability and who has paid the fifteen dollar additional fee.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 14. The legislature recognizes that certain communities have important cultural, economic, or transportation linkages to communities in other counties. Many public services can most efficiently be delivered from public agencies located in counties other than the county within which the community is located. It is the intent of the legislature by enacting sections 15 through 17 of this act to further more effective public transportation linkages between communities, regardless of county association, in order to better serve state citizen needs.
Sec. 15. RCW 36.57A.040 and 1983 c 65 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
At the time of its formation no public transportation benefit area may include only a part of any city, and every city shall be either wholly included or wholly excluded from the boundaries of such area. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if subsequent to the formation of a public transportation benefit area additional area became or will become a part of a component city by annexation, merger, or otherwise, the additional area shall be included within the boundaries of the transportation benefit area and be subject to all taxes and other liabilities and obligations of the public transportation benefit area. The component city shall be required to notify the public transportation benefit area at the time the city has added the additional area. Furthermore, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, if a city that is not a component city of the public transportation benefit area adds area to its boundaries that is within the boundaries of the public transportation benefit area, the area so added shall be deemed to be excluded from the public transportation benefit area: PROVIDED, That the public transportation benefit area shall be given notice of the city's intention to add such area.
The boundaries of any public transportation benefit area shall follow school district lines or election precinct lines, as far as practicable. Only such areas shall be included which the conference determines could reasonably benefit from the provision of public transportation services. Except as provided in RCW 36.57A.140(2), only one public transportation benefit area may be created in any county.
Sec. 16. RCW 36.57A.055 and 1983 c 65 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
After a public transportation benefit area has been in existence for four years, members of the county legislative authority and the elected representative of each city within the boundaries of the public transportation benefit area shall review the composition of the governing body of the benefit area and change the composition of the governing body if the change is deemed appropriate. The review shall be at a meeting of the designated representatives of the component county and cities, and the majority of those present shall constitute a quorum at such meeting. Twenty days notice of the meeting shall be given by the chief administrative officer of the public transportation benefit area authority. After the initial review, a review shall be held every four years.
If an area having a population greater than fifteen percent, or areas with a combined population of greater than twenty-five percent of the population of the existing public transportation benefit area as constituted at the last review meeting, annex to the public transportation benefit area, or if an area is added under RCW 36.57A.140(2), the representatives of the component county and cities shall meet within ninety days to review and change the composition of the governing body, if the change is deemed appropriate. This meeting is in addition to the regular four-year review meeting and shall be conducted pursuant to the same notice requirement and quorum provisions of the regular review.
Sec. 17. RCW 36.57A.140 and 1983 c 65 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) An election to authorize the annexation of territory contiguous to a public transportation benefit area may be called within the area to be annexed pursuant to resolution or petition in the following manner:
(a) By resolution of a public transportation benefit area authority when it determines that the best interests and general welfare of the public transportation benefit area would be served. The authority shall consider the question of areas to be annexed to the public transportation benefit area at least once every two years.
(b) By petition calling for such an election signed by at least four percent of the qualified voters residing within the area to be annexed and filed with the auditor of the county wherein the largest portion of the public transportation benefit area is located, and notice thereof shall be given to the authority. Upon receipt of such a petition, the auditor shall examine it and certify to the sufficiency of the signatures thereon.
(c) By resolution of a public transportation benefit area authority upon request of any city for annexation thereto.
(2) If the area proposed to be annexed is located within another county, the petition or resolution for annexation as set forth in subsection (1) of this section must be approved by the legislative authority of the county if the area is unincorporated or by the legislative authority of the city or town if the area is incorporated. Any annexation under this subsection must involve contiguous areas.
(3) The resolution or petition shall describe the boundaries of the area to be annexed. It shall require that there also be submitted to the electorate of the territory sought to be annexed a proposition authorizing the inclusion of the area within the public transportation benefit area and authorizing the imposition of such taxes authorized by law to be collected by the authority.