WSR 08-06-032

PERMANENT RULES

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION


[ Filed February 26, 2008, 1:50 p.m. , effective April 7, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: April 7, 2008.

Purpose: The commission is required to establish a toll rate schedule for the SR 167 HOT lanes pilot project. This rule establishes that schedule. In addition, this rule defines what vehicles are exempt from paying tolls.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 47.56.403.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-01-113 on December 18, 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: February 19, 2008.

Reema Griffith

Executive Director

OTS-1232.3


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-13-010, filed 6/8/07, effective 7/9/07)

WAC 468-270-070   What will the toll rates be for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge?  


Rate table $3.00 cash/$1.75 "Good to Go!"
(two axle vehicles)

Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Cash toll rate "Good To Go!" toll rates
2 axle $3.00 $1.75
3 axle $4.50 $2.65 (3)
4 axle $6.00 $3.50
5 axle $7.50 $4.40 (3)
6 or more axles $9.00 $5.25

((SR 167 HOT lanes
To be determined))


Notes:
(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.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.56.030, 47.46.100. 07-13-010, 468-270-070, filed 6/8/07, effective 7/9/07.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 468-270-075   What will the toll rates be for the SR 167 HOT lanes pilot project?   Effective April 7, 2008, a variable toll rate schedule will be applied by WSDOT. Toll rates will vary based upon several factors including time of day, traffic volumes, traffic demand, and overall corridor performance. The toll rate schedule shall be adjusted as needed by WSDOT to meet HOV performance criteria as defined in RCW 47.56.403 and WAC 468-300-828 in order to maintain average HOT lane vehicle speeds above forty-five miles per hour, at least ninety percent of the time during peak hours.

When the SR 167 HOT lanes are in operation, the minimum toll rate is $0.50 and the maximum toll rate is $9.00.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-13-010, filed 6/8/07, effective 7/9/07)

WAC 468-270-100   What vehicles are exempt from paying tolls on the SR 167 HOT lanes?   ((RCW 47.56.403 establishes an exempt category of vehicles. The transportation commission may include other exempt vehicles before tolling commences.)) Vehicles described in RCW 47.56.403 and WAC 468-510-010 are exempt from paying tolls, including transit buses and vanpool vehicles owned or operated by any public agency. All other vehicles using the SR 167 HOT lanes must pay the required toll. All toll-paying vehicles must have a transponder and a valid "Good To Go!" account.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.56.030, 47.46.100. 07-13-010, 468-270-100, filed 6/8/07, effective 7/9/07.]

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