STRATEGIC INVESTMENT BOARD
Date of Adoption: July 30, 1999.
Purpose: To adopt reasonable rules and procedures necessary to implement the freight mobility program. Legislative appropriation gives authority to the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board to fund projects starting July 1, 1999.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 47.06A RCW, Freight mobility.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 99-13-156 on June 21, 1999.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 38, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 38, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 38, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
August 27, 1999
Paula J. Hammond, P.E.
Highways and Local Programs
DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION
Chapter 175, Laws of 1998 provides that the freight mobility strategic investment board shall adopt reasonable rules and procedures necessary to implement the freight mobility program.
It is the policy of the state of Washington that limited public transportation funding and competition between freight and general mobility improvements for the same fund sources require strategic, prioritized freight investments that reduce barriers to freight movement, maximize cost-effectiveness, yield a return on the state's investment, require complementary investments by public and private interests, and solve regional freight mobility problems. State financial assistance for freight mobility projects must leverage other funds from all potential partners and sources, including federal, county, city, port district, and private capital.
The freight mobility strategic investment board (FMSIB) is a twelve-member board, organized under the provisions of chapter 175, Laws of 1998. The board administers the freight mobility strategic investment program for the purpose of financing freight mobility projects. The following board members are appointed by the governor for terms of four years, except that five members initially are appointed for terms of two years:
(1) Two members, one of whom is from a city located within or along a strategic freight corridor, appointed from a list of at least four persons nominated by the association of Washington cities or its successor;
(2) Two members, one of whom is from a county having a strategic freight corridor within its boundaries, appointed from a list of at least four persons nominated by the Washington state association of counties or its successor;
(3) Two members, one of whom is from a port district located within or along a strategic freight corridor, appointed from a list of at least four persons nominated by the Washington public ports association or its successor;
(4) One member representing the office of financial management;
(5) One member appointed as a representative of the trucking industry;
(6) One member appointed as a representative of the railroads;
(7) The secretary of the department of transportation;
(8) One member representing the steamship industry; and
(9) One member of the general public.
Regular public meetings of the board shall be held on the third Friday of every odd numbered month. Each such regular meeting shall be held in SeaTac, Washington, and begin at the hour of 9:00 a.m. or at such other time and place as designated by the board.
A special meeting of the board may be called by the chairperson or by a majority of the members of the board, by delivering personally or by mail written notice to all other members of the board at least twenty-four hours before the time of such meeting as specified in the notice. The notice calling a special meeting shall state the purpose for which the meeting is called and the date, hour, and place of such meeting, and all provisions of chapter 42.30 RCW shall apply.
Persons wishing to obtain information or to make submissions or requests of any kind shall address their correspondence to:
Executive Director, Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board
Washington State Department of Transportation
Highways & Local Programs Service Center
Post Office Box 40965
Olympia, Washington 98504-0965
For purposes of implementing the requirements of chapter 175, Laws of 1998, relative to the freight mobility strategic investment board, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) "Board" means the freight mobility strategic investment board (FMSIB).
(2) "Department" means the department of transportation.
(3) "Freight mobility" means the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of goods within and through the state to ensure the state's economic vitality.
(4) "Director" is the executive director of the freight mobility strategic investment board.
(5) "Local governments" means cities, towns, counties, special purpose districts, port districts, and any other municipal corporations or quasi-municipal corporations in the state excluding school districts.
(6) "Public entity" means a state agency, city, town, county, port district, or municipal or regional planning organization.
(7) "Partnership" means the public entities sponsoring a project. The partnership as used in this chapter does not include the board.
(8) "Lead agency" refers to the agency selected by the project partnership to be the point of contact with the board for a particular project.
(9) "Original matching ratio" refers to the board's share of the project cost when it was initially approved for funding.
(10) "Strategic freight corridor" means a transportation corridor of great economic importance within an integrated freight system that:
(a) Serves international and domestic interstate and intrastate trade;
(b) Enhances the state's competitive position through regional and global gateways;
(c) Carries freight tonnages of at least:
(i) Four million gross tons annually on state highways, city streets, and county roads;
(ii) Five million gross tons annually on railroads; or
(iii) Two and one-half million net tons on waterways; and
(d) Has been designated a strategic corridor by the board. However, new alignments to, realignments of, and new links to strategic corridors that enhance freight movement may qualify, even though no tonnage data exists for facilities to be built in the future.
The board costs for necessary services and facilities that are attributable to the freight mobility strategic investment program shall be paid from the biennial appropriation.
PUBLIC ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND RECORDS
The purpose of this chapter shall be to ensure compliance by the board with the provisions of RCW 42.17.250 through 42.17.348 dealing with public records.
The freight mobility strategic investment board public records shall be in the charge of the executive director, who shall be the public records officer for the board. The person so designated shall be officed in the board's office in Olympia, Washington. The public records officer shall be responsible for implementation of the board's rules and regulations regarding release of public records, coordinating staff efforts of the board in this regard and generally ensuring compliance of the staff with the public records disclosure requirements of chapter 1, Laws of 1973 (chapter 42.17 RCW).
All public records of the board, as defined in chapter 42.17 RCW, are available for public inspection and copying as provided in these rules, unless the record falls within the specific exemptions of RCW 42.17.310 or other statute exempting or prohibiting disclosure of specific information or records.
Subject to the provisions of subsection (3) of this section, public records are obtainable by members of the public when those members of the public comply with the following procedures.
(1) A request shall be addressed to the public records officer. Such request shall include the following:
(a) The name of the person requesting the record.
(b) The time of day and calendar date on which the request was made.
(c) The nature of the request.
(d) If the matter requested is referenced within the current index maintained by the board, a reference to the requested record as it is described in such current index.
(e) If the requested matter is not identifiable by reference to the board's current index, a statement that identifies the specific record requested.
(f) A verification that the records requested shall not be used to compile a commercial sales list.
(2) The public records officer shall inform the member of the public making the request whether the requested record is available for inspection or copying at the board's office in Olympia, Washington.
(3) When it appears that a request for a record is made by or on behalf of a party to a lawsuit or a controversy to which the board is also a party or when such a request is made by or on behalf of an attorney for such a party, the request shall be referred to the assistant attorney general assigned to the board for appropriate response.
Public records shall be available for inspection and copying during the normal business hours of the board. For the purposes of this chapter, the normal office hours shall be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.
(l) No fee shall be charged for inspection of public records.
(2) The board shall impose a reasonable charge for providing copies of public records and for the use by any person of agency equipment to copy records; such charges shall not exceed the amount necessary to reimburse the board for its actual costs incident to such copying. Actual costs shall include the labor costs of staff, machine cost and paper cost necessary to provide copies of requested records.
In order to implement the provisions of RCW 42.17.290, requiring agencies to enact reasonable rules to protect public records from damage or disorganization, the following rules have been adopted.
(1) Copying of public documents shall be done by board personnel and under the supervision of said personnel, upon the request of members of the public under the procedures specified in WAC 226-02-040.
(2) No document shall be physically removed by a member of the public from the area designated by the board for the public inspection of documents for any reason whatever.
(3) When a member of the public requests to examine an entire file or group of documents, as distinguished from a request to examine certain individual documents which can be identified and supplied by themselves, the board shall be allowed a reasonable time to inspect the file to determine whether information protected from disclosure by RCW 42.17.310 is contained therein, and the board shall not be deemed in violation of its obligation to reply promptly to requests for public documents by reason of causing such an inspection to be performed.
(1) The board shall determine which public records requested in accordance with these rules are exempt under the provisions of RCW 42.17.310 or other statute.
(2) Each denial of a request for a public record shall be accompanied by a written statement to the person requesting the record specifying the reasons for denial, including a statement of the specific exemption authorizing the withholding of the record, in whole or in part, and a brief explanation of how the exemption applies to the record or portion of record withheld.
Whenever a person objects to a conclusion that a public record is exempt from disclosure, the person may request the attorney general to review the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17.325.
(1) The board has available for public inspection and copying at its offices in Olympia a current index of the following records:
(a) State legislation and proposed rules and regulations pertaining to board standards.
(b) Those statements of policy and interpretations of policy, statute and bylaws which have been adopted by the board;
(c) Minutes of board meetings;
(d) Resolutions approved by the board;
(e) FMSIB program guidelines;
(f) Program reports and publications;
(g) Budgets and expenditures;
(h) FMSIB project administration and accounting files.
(2) A system of indexing shall be as follows:
(a) The indexing system will be administered by the board's public records officer.
(b) Copies of the index shall be available for public inspection and copying in the manner provided in this chapter.
(c) The public records officer shall update the index at least once a year and shall revise the index when deemed necessary by the board.
The board's current index shall be available to all persons under the same rules and on the same conditions as are applied to public records available for inspection.
SUBMISSION OF PROPOSED FREIGHT MOBILITY PROJECTS TO BOARD (FMSIB)
The agencies involved in a multiagency project shall designate one agency as the lead agency. The lead agency must be a city, town, county, port or the Washington state department of transportation.
When requested by the board, applications for proposed projects shall be submitted to the board by public entities seeking allocation of funds from the FMSIB. The application form will be provided by the board.
From the effective date of this act through the biennium ending June 30, 2001, the board shall use the multicriteria analysis and scoring framework for evaluating and ranking eligible freight mobility and freight mitigation projects developed by the board and contained in the January 16, 1998, report entitled "Project Eligibility, Priority and Selection Process for a Strategic Freight Investment Program." The prioritization process shall measure the degree to which projects address important program objectives and shall generate a project score that reflects a project's priority compared to other projects. The board shall assign scoring points to each criterion that indicate the relative importance of the criterion in the overall determination of project priority. For projects funded after June 30, 2001, the board may supplement and refine the initial project priority criteria and scoring framework developed by the board.
REQUIREMENTS FOR FREIGHT MOBILITY PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
All construction by a public entity using board funds shall be done by advertisement, competitive bid and contract, except:
(1) Utility and railroad relocations and adjustments; and
(2) Installation of traffic control devices.
If federal funds are included in the project, the negotiated contract shall include the applicable provisions of federal highway administration policies and procedures prescribed in 23 C.F.R. 140, 23 C.F.R. 645 and 23 C.F.R. 646, Federal Aid Policy Guide.
All projects using board funds shall be planned, designed, and constructed under the supervision of a professional engineer registered in the state of Washington.
The current edition of the WSDOT/APWA Standard Specifications for Road, Bridge, and Municipal Construction shall be included in any contract using board funds.
Value engineering studies shall be required in accordance with the policy adopted by the board.
All board funded projects shall be prepared using currently applicable design standards.
For the purpose of allocating funds for the freight mobility strategic investment program, the board shall allocate the first fifty-five percent of funds to the highest priority projects, without regard to location. The remaining funds shall be allocated equally among three regions of the state pursuant to RCW 47.06A.050.
The board will implement reasonable controls on project development as it deems necessary to allocate funds within the program funding level to prioritized projects.
The lead agency must begin work on a project within twelve months of the date the board approves the project, unless the board grants an extension. To determine if work has begun, the board will assess the project progress as compared to the information provided the board when the project was authorized for funding. If project activity has not started and it appears the project is falling behind the proposed schedule, the board may review the project status to determine if board funds should be withdrawn from the project and reallocated to another proposed project.
The board will authorize freight mobility project approvals by phase for the purpose of controlling project expenditures and assuring that projects experiencing delay will not unduly tie up freight mobility funds. The three phases are design, right-of-way, and construction. Each phase normally will be funded by separate board approvals on forms provided by the board.
Increases in freight mobility funds will not be available.
To assure that freight mobility projects remain on schedule, the board will monitor the project progress based on at least semi-annual reports and reimbursement payments on the project.
FINANCIAL AND PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS
The board gives preference to projects that contain the greatest levels of financial participation from nonprogram fund sources. The board shall consider twenty percent as the minimum partnership contribution, unless the board grants a special exception. The maximum amount of funding on a project from the freight mobility board shall be fifty million dollars. The board may allow the use of matching ratios greater than the original matching ratio on any phase of a project to facilitate project development, with the understanding that the total payments made by project completion shall not exceed the original matching ratio. The board allows other state funds to be considered part of the local matching funds.
The lead agency shall certify that nonprogram funds are available for the funding phase being considered.
Project costs eligible for reimbursement from the account shall be those proper and allowable costs incurred on a project after the project is authorized by the board.
Project records for each project developed through the use of freight mobility funding shall be audited to determine that the amount of freight mobility funds paid in connection with the project can be attributed to the project and supported by project records. The audit shall determine whether the lead agency has materially complied with the rules of the board and whether any failures to comply are significant in nature or effect. The board shall audit projects at the time of the project completion or at such additional times as may be directed by the board.
Authorized projects that are subsequently canceled shall be eligible for reimbursement from the board, if the agency developed the project in good faith, with a reasonable expectation of completion. If the board does allow reimbursement for a canceled project, the board share of the project cannot exceed the original matching ratio.
The board will not make payments of freight mobility funds on projects unless the following tasks are complete:
(1) The board has approved the phase of the project.
(2) Local matching funds are certified to be available for the phase of the project that is being billed.
Requests for payment may be submitted from time to time as the work progresses. Payments less than five hundred dollars will not be made unless it is the final request for payment. The final request for payment must be submitted within six months of the completion of work.
The board will make an adjustment to the final payment, if necessary to assure that the original board matching ratio is not exceeded.