Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The commission is required to establish toll rates for vehicles using the Tacoma Narrows Bridge that are adequate to cover the debt, operations and maintenance. This rule defines terms for toll facilities and establishes the toll rates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. In addition, the rule defines what vehicles are exempt from paying tolls and when authorized emergency vehicles may apply for credits.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 47.56.030, 47.46.100.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 07-10-128 on May 2, 2007.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 10, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: June 5, 2007.
SETTING TOLL AMOUNTS FOR TOLL FACILITIES IN WASHINGTON STATE
"Bona fide emergency" occurs when an authorized emergency vehicle, as defined herein, responds to or returns from an emergency call.
"Cash customer" means a toll customer who is heading eastbound and is paying the toll in cash on a trip-by-trip basis.
"Citizens advisory committee" means the citizens committee established by RCW 47.46.090 that advises the transportation commission on Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rates.
"Department" means the Washington state department of transportation (WSDOT).
"Electronic toll collection (ETC) lane" means a lane in which the electronic toll collection system will read the transponder of each vehicle and automatically collect the toll without requiring the vehicle to slow its speed or stop.
"Good To Go!™" is the name of the department's electronic toll collection system.
""Good To Go!™" customer" means a toll customer who participates in the department's "Good To Go!™" toll collection system.
"High-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes" means one or more lanes of a highway that charges tolls as a means of regulating access to or the use of the lanes in order to maintain travel speed and reliability. HOT lane supporting facilities include, but are not limited to, approaches, enforcement areas, improvements, buildings, and equipment.
"Transponder" means a radio frequency identification (RFID) unit attached to a toll customer's vehicle that transmits a radio signal to a reader mounted in the toll facility. The purpose of the transponder is to automatically identify the toll customer's vehicle as it passes through the toll facility. You will receive a transponder when you open a "Good to Go!™" account.
"Transportation commission" means the Washington state transportation commission whose duties and composition are set out in chapter 47.01 RCW.
|Tacoma Narrows Bridge|
|Cash toll rate||"Good To Go!™" toll rates|
|6 or more axles||$9.00||$5.25|
|SR 167 HOT lanes|
|To be determined|
|(1) The base toll rate is the toll rate per axle. It is only used to calculate multi-axle rates, which are calculated as a multiplier of the base toll rate ($1.50 for cash and $0.875 for "Good to Go!™" toll rates).|
|(2) The "Good To Go!™" toll rates are in effect through June 30, 2008, or until changed by the commission. If no further action is taken by the commission, on July 1, 2008, the cash toll rate column becomes the toll rate for all vehicles.|
|(3) Rate rounded up to nearest five cents.|
(1) For the Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rates will remain in effect until changed by the commission or removed due to final repayment of the project as provided by law.
(2) For the SR 167 HOT lanes, the tolls will remain in effect until changed by the commission.
(1) Only the following vehicles providing service directly to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge are exempt from paying tolls, but must be equipped with transponders:
(a) Washington state department of transportation (WSDOT) maintenance vehicles directly involved in bridge and roadway maintenance on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge;
(b) Washington state patrol vehicles directly providing service to the SR 16 corridor in the vicinity of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge;
(c) Vehicles under the Tacoma Narrows Bridge design build contract that must cross the bridge as part of their construction duties to complete the requirements of the design build contract. This exemption status will expire on July 1, 2008, or upon completion of their construction duties, whichever comes first.
(2) Authorized emergency vehicles on bona fide emergencies as defined herein may apply for credit for their emergency trips and for the return trip from an emergency call.
(a) To be eligible for a credit, an authorized emergency vehicle must be equipped with a transponder and have an authorized prepaid account.
(b) Emergency vehicles that use the ETC lanes on a bona fide emergency may apply for a credit for each emergency trip. The credit must be applied for within six months of the trip date. The department will establish and oversee the procedure for emergency vehicle toll credits.