WSR 08-09-032

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


[ Filed April 9, 2008, 10:05 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-03-134.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Amendment of toll rates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, WAC 468-270-070.

Hearing Location(s): Inn at Gig Harbor, 3211 56th Street N.W., Gig Harbor, WA 98335, on May 27, 2008, at 6:00 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 31, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: Reema Griffith, P.O. Box 47308, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail griffir@wstc.wa.gov, fax (360) 705-6802, by May 27, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Reema Griffith by May 27, 2008, TTY (800) 833-6388 ask to be connected to (360) 705-7070.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Pursuant to RCW 47.56.240, this rule establishes toll rates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The transportation commission's proposed toll rates establish charges for vehicles using the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The rates are calculated to provide adequate revenue to repay bonds, cover operating costs, and other expenses.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 47.56.240.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 47.56.240.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Washington state transportation commission, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Enforcement: Reema Griffith, P.O. Box 47308, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 705-7070; and Implementation: Greg Selstead, 310 Maple Park Drive, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 705-7801.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rules do not apply to "business in an industry," as described in RCW 19.85.030 (1)(a), but rather the rules apply to vehicles using the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The Washington state transportation commission is not a listed agency under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(a)(i).

April 7, 2008

Paul Parker

for Reema Griffith

Administrator

Transportation Commission

OTS-1451.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-06-032, filed 2/26/08, effective 4/7/08)

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))


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.))

Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Proposed Toll Rates for All Vehicles1

7/1/2008 - 6/30/20092
Vehicle Type Axles Cash Electronic3
Passenger vehicle/Motorcycle 2 $4.00 $2.75
Passenger vehicle with small trailer 3 $6.00 $4.15
Tractor trailer rig/Passenger vehicle with trailer 4 $8.00 $5.50
Tractor trailer with big trailer 5 $10.00 $6.90
Tractor trailer with bigger trailer (6 or more axles) 6 $12.00 $8.25

Note:
1The base toll rate per axle. It is only used to calculate multi-axle rates, which are calculated as a multiplier of the base toll rate ($2.00 for cash and $1.375 for electronic toll rates).
2The toll rates are in effect through June 30, 2009, or until changed by the commission.
3The rate for the electronic tolls has been rounded up to the nearest five cents where appropriate.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.56.403. 08-06-032, 468-270-070, filed 2/26/08, effective 4/7/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.56.030, 47.46.100. 07-13-010, 468-270-070, filed 6/8/07, effective 7/9/07.]

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