shall be operative within the limits of all cities, towns and counties, except cities of the first class. Cities of the first class may elect as to each particular crossing whether RCW 81.53.261
shall apply. Such election shall be made by the filing by such city of a petition as provided for in RCW 81.53.261
with the utilities and transportation commission, or by a statement filed with the commission accepting jurisdiction, when such petition is filed by others.