WSR 02-06-004

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


[ Filed February 21, 2002, 2:43 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Update system safety program standards for municipal rail fixed guideway systems that are not regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration, chapter 468-550 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 81.104.115(5).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Update existing rules to clarify requirements and add rules to address part-time operators and recovery of state triennial audit costs.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Federal Transit Administration, submit rules and annual reports.

Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making; informal municipal review of preliminary drafts of the rule.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Paul Gamble, Public Transportation and Rail Division, P.O. Box 47387, Olympia, WA 98504-7387, phone (360) 705-7912, e-mail gamblep@wsdot.wa.gov, fax (360) 705-6820. There will be e-mail exchanges with affected municipalities to exchange ideas about what needs to be updated and what the wording should be. Affected municipalities are: King County (existing), City of Seattle (existing), Sound Transit (future), City of Issaquah (existing part-time), and City of Yakima (existing part-time).

February 20, 2002

Paula Hammond

Chief of Staff

Washington State Code Reviser's Office