WSR 09-10-067



[ Filed May 5, 2009, 8:10 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 09-03-075.

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

Hearing Location(s): County Road Administration Board, Board Room, 2404 Chandler Court S.W., 2nd Floor, Olympia, WA 98502, on June 10, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: June 10, 2009.

Submit Written Comments to: Reema Griffith, P.O. Box 47308, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail, fax (360) 705-6802, by June 9, 2009.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Reema Griffith by June 9, 2009, 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 extends the existing toll rates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge so that they may remain in effect after June 30, 2009.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Under the current rule, toll rates on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge will expire on June 30, 2009. This proposal will remove this expiration date thus allowing the current rates to remain in effect until the commission decides to change them. The toll rates are for vehicles using the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and are calculated to provide adequate revenue to repay bonds, cover operating costs and other allowable 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).

May 4, 2009

Reema Griffith

Executive Director


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-12-054, filed 6/2/08, effective 7/3/08)

WAC 468-270-070   What will the toll rates be for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge?  

Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Proposed Toll Rates1 for All Vehicles((1)) 2

((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

1The toll rates are in effect until changed by the commission.
2The 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 47.56.030, 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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