WSR 12-07-094

PROPOSED RULES

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION


[ Filed March 21, 2012, 11:14 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 12-03-103.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rate setting.

Hearing Location(s): Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview Street, Gig Harbor, WA, on May 21, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 21, 2012.

Submit Written Comments to: Reema Griffith, P.O. Box 47308, Olympia, WA 9804-7308 [98504-7308], e-mail transc@wstc.wa.gov, fax (360) 705-6802 by May 14, 2012.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Reema Griffith by May 14, 2012, at (360) 705-6802.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The commission is required to establish toll rates and fees for vehicles using the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (TNB) that are adequate to cover debt, operations, insurance and maintenance costs. The purpose of the proposed rules is to amend the transportation commission WAC 468-270-070 establishing new toll rates on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: State statute requires rates be sufficient to meet maintenance and operational costs, insurance costs, and make principal and interest payments on the debt. In order to meet the requirements in state law, Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rates need to be adjusted.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 47.46 RCW and RCW 47.56.165.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 47.46.100.

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: Reema Griffith, Olympia, Washington, (360) 705-7070; Implementation and Enforcement: Craig Stone, Seattle, Washington, (206) 464-1220.

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. Pursuant to subsection (5) of RCW 34.05.328, RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to the transportation commission and it is not required to develop a cost-benefit analysis.

March 21, 2012

Reema Griffith

Executive Director

OTS-4685.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 11-04-070, filed 1/28/11, effective 12/3/11)

WAC 468-270-070   What are the toll rates on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge?   The toll charges for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge are shown in Table 1.


Table 1
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Toll Rates

((Vehicle Axles Good To Go! Pass Cash Pay By Mail
2 $2.75 $4.00 $5.50
3 $4.15 $6.00 $8.25
4 $5.50 $8.00 $11.00
5 $6.90 $10.00 $13.75
6 or more $8.25 $12.00 $16.50))

Vehicle Axles Good to Go! Pass Cash Pay By Mail Pay by Plate1 Customer-Initiated Payment2
2 $4.00 $5.00 $7.00 $4.25 $6.50
3 $6.00 $7.50 $10.50 $6.25 $10.00
4 $8.00 $10.00 $14.00 $8.25 $13.50
5 $10.00 $12.50 $17.50 $10.25 $17.00
6 $12.00 $15.00 $21.00 $12.25 $20.50

Notes: 1For this type of payment method, the customer is charged the Good to Go! Pass toll rate plus a $0.25 fee as provided in WAC 468-270-300.
2For this type of payment method, the customer is given a $0.50 discount off the Pay By Mail toll rate as provided in WAC 468-270-300.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.46.100 (1) and (2), 47.46.105(1), 47.56.030 (1)(b), 47.56.795(6), and 47.56.165(4). 11-04-070, 468-270-070, filed 1/28/11, effective 12/3/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.56.240. 09-13-038, 468-270-070, filed 6/10/09, effective 7/11/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.56.030, 47.46.100. 08-12-054, 468-270-070, filed 6/2/08, effective 7/3/08. 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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