Effective Date of Rule: Contingent upon legislative action regarding toll rates and fees, these WAC rules take effect immediately upon the certification by the secretary of transportation that the new statewide tolling operations center and the photo toll system are fully operational.
Other Findings Required by Other Provisions of Law as Precondition to Adoption or Effectiveness of Rule: The secretary of transportation must certify that the new statewide tolling operations center and photo toll system are fully operational.
Purpose: To adopt proposed amendments to the existing chapter 486-270 WAC, in consideration of public comments and commission review, that will establish toll rates and vehicle exemptions, requirements for vehicle exemptions and allowable use of funds for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 468-270-010, 468-270-070, and 468-270-090.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 47.46.100 (1) and (2), 47.46.105(1), 47.56.030 (1)(b), 47.56.795(6), 47.56.165(4).
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 11-01-127 on January 25, 2011 [December 20, 2010].
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 2, Amended 3, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 2, Amended 3, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 2, Amended 3, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 2, Amended 3, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: January 25, 2011.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-13-010, filed 6/8/07, effective 7/9/07)
WAC 468-270-010 Who sets the toll rates and exemptions? The Washington state transportation commission determines and establishes toll rates and exemptions for state toll facilities in Washington ((
pursuant to RCW 47.56.030;
47.46.100 (Tacoma Narrows Bridge); and RCW 47.56.403 (SR 167
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.56.030, 47.46.100. 07-13-010, § 468-270-010, filed 6/8/07, effective 7/9/07.]
(1) Maintenance, operations, repairs, insurance, and management;
(2) Debt service payments on bonds issued, financing, and costs associated with complying with all financial and other covenants made by the state in the bond proceedings; and
(3) Obligations to reimburse the motor vehicle fund for excise taxes on motor vehicle and special fuels applied to the payment of bonds issued for eligible toll facilities.
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Toll Rates
|Vehicle Axles||Good To Go!™ Pass||Cash||Pay By Mail|
|6 or more||$8.25||$12.00||$16.50|
[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.]
Only the following vehicles providing service
directly to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge are exempt from paying
tolls, but must be equipped with transponders:
(a) Washington state department of transportation (WSDOT))) Department maintenance vehicles directly involved in bridge and roadway maintenance on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge;
(b))) (2) Washington state patrol vehicles directly
providing service to the SR 16 corridor in the vicinity of the
Tacoma Narrows Bridge; (( (c) Vehicles under the Tacoma Narrows
Bridge design build contract that must cross the bridge as
part of their construction duties to complete the requirements
of the design build contract. This exemption status will
expire on July 1, 2008, or upon completion of their
construction duties, whichever comes first.
(3) Authorized emergency vehicles on bona fide
as defined herein may apply for credit for their
emergency trips and for the return trip from an emergency
(a) To be eligible for a credit, an authorized emergency vehicle must be equipped with a transponder and have an authorized prepaid account.
(b) Emergency vehicles that use the ETC lanes on a bona fide emergency may apply for a credit for each emergency trip. The credit must be applied for within six months of the trip date. The department will establish and oversee the procedure for emergency vehicle toll credits)).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.56.030, 47.46.100. 07-13-010, § 468-270-090, filed 6/8/07, effective 7/9/07.]
(1) Open and maintain in good standing a "Good To Go!™" toll account;
(2) Equip the vehicle with a pass;
(3) Equip the vehicle with identification signage; and/or
(4) Submit a certification that the vehicle meets the exemption requirements.