PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Modify the methodology used when allocating funds in the arterial improvement program (WAC 479-12-130), pedestrian safety and mobility program (WAC 479-12-430), and the transportation partnership program (WAC 479-14-130).
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 47.26.80 [47.26.080], 47.26.84 [47.26.084].
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Through surveys and comments, the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) has identified several changes to the management of its programs. Streamlining the allocation methodology allows local agency customers to better understand how TIB funds are allocated. The new methodology was developed in consultation with local agency representatives and does not significantly change the net distributions to the regions.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by submitting written comments to Stevan Gorcester, Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Improvement Board, P.O. Box 40901, Olympia, WA 98504-0901, fax (360) 586-1155, by September 1, 2004.
A public hearing is scheduled at the board's September 17, 2004, meeting. Additional information, including the location, will be posted at TIB's website (www.tib.wa.gov).
May 28, 2004
Chief Financial Officer