Agency access to partner data & what is considered proprietary

Meg Young filed this request with the King County Metro Transit of King County, WA.
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From: Meg Young

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. Requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, and draft contracts, for the MOD Sandbox program between Lyft and KCM
2. Requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, and contracts, for the MOD Sandbox program between Via and KCM
3. Draft data sharing agreements between Lyft and KCM
4. Draft and final data sharing agreements between Via and KCM
5. The final 1-2 emails that Lyft employees sent to KCM regarding the MOD Sandbox program

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as this request is for my PhD research at the University of Washington. These documents are to support to my PhD dissertation research in which I ask, "How do public transportation agencies work with private firms to enable policy programs that rely on continuous or geospatial data? What contextual and historical factors led to current system design and institutional configurations? How do stakeholders define the roles of their respective organizations?" More information on my dissertation is here: https://sites.uw.edu/dataintransit/

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available, or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your help! I look forward to receiving your response to this request and appreciate your time and help very much.

Sincerely,

Meg Young

From: King County Metro Transit

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Metro Transit Department

Craig McMurdo, Public Records Officer

KSC-TR-0815
201 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98104-3856

From: King County Metro Transit

Dear Ms. Young:

As stated in the attached letter, we anticipate that existing, non-exempt records identified as responsive to your request will be made available to you on or near July 19, 2019. Depending on the size and complexity of the responsive record set, it may be necessary to send records to you in batch installments until your request is fully processed. Since I am no long working with the King County Metro Transit Department as the public records officer, your request has been re-assigned to acting public records officer Tiffani Duncan, who has been cc'd to this email message. Thank you for your continued patience in this matter.

Sincerely,

Craig McMurdo

From: King County Metro Transit

Dear Ms. Young,

I am writing to update you with regard to the status of your public records request. My regrets that this has taken longer than anticipated, but King County Metro is still processing your records request and will need additional time to respond. I will ensure to follow up by Friday, August 2 with any responsive records and/or status if additional time is needed for our response.

Thank you again for your patience in this matter. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Tiffani Duncan
Public Records Officer
King County Metro

From: King County Metro Transit

Good afternoon, Ms. Young -

I am writing in regard to the below referenced public records request. I apologize for the delay in response with an updated status of your request. I would like to let you know that King County Metro has an agreement with Lyft and Via that requires us to provide them an opportunity to review any records before disclosing them. We are still processing this request and I anticipate it will be several weeks before this is finalized. We are working diligently to complete this and will let you know when we have an updated status.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Tiffani Duncan
Public Records Officer
King County Metro

From: King County Metro Transit

Good afternoon,

I am writing to provide a status update in regards to your records request. King County Metro staff have gathered responsive records and are finalizing our review process before providing the below mentioned affected third party notification. I will contact you by close of business Friday, September 6 with an updated status on your request.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Thank you,

Tiffani Duncan

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From: King County Metro Transit

Good afternoon Ms. Young,

My name is Caroline Darrow and I have been hired within King County Metro to assist with the processing of public records requests. I have taken on the responsibility of processing your request. Attached please find correspondence regarding the status of your request. We identified a need to provide third party notification to affected entities, pursuant to RCW 42.56.540. As noted in the attached, if we do not receive a court order preventing King County Metro from releasing these records, we will make them available on October 17, 2019.

Please contact me if you have questions. Thank you for your continued patience.

Sincerely,

Caroline Darrow, CPRO
Public Records Officer
King County Metro Transit
KSC-TR-0415
201 South Jackson Street
Seatte, WA 98104-3856
206-263-5513
cdarrow@kingcounty.gov

From: King County Metro Transit

Good morning Ms. Young,

As per the attached correspondence, and per your correspondence with a representative of Lyft, we now understand a production timeline extension has been agreed upon. I now understand that if I do not received a court order preventing our office from releasing records, we will now make records responsive to your request available on October 31, 2019. Should you have any questions please contact me.

Thank you for working with the requestor to identify an agreeable timeline for production. That is nice to see.

Sincerely,

Caroline Darrow, CPRO
Public Records Officer
King County Metro Transit
KSC-TR-0415
201 South Jackson Street
Seatte, WA 98104-3856
206-263-5513
cdarrow@kingcounty.gov

From: King County Metro Transit

Good afternoon Ms. Young,

My apologies that I was not able to send you this correspondence yesterday. I am in receipt of the attached notice from Lyft regarding their response to the third party notification. Though they have now stated they are amenable to release of the records at issue for them, the potential remains for another entity to possibly seek a court order to enjoin release of records. Accordingly, the October 31st deadline remains in effect for this request.

Please still anticipate, absent a court order enjoining their release, responsive records to become available on or before October 31, 2019. Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Caroline Darrow, CPRO
Public Records Officer
King County Metro Transit
KSC-TR-0415
201 South Jackson Street
Seatte, WA 98104-3856
206-263-5513
cdarrow@kingcounty.gov

From: King County Metro Transit

Good afternoon Ms. Young,

Yes, today is the deadline for production, and my apologies that I was not able to send you this email sooner. I have not received a court order from any of the third parties; all of those third parties were notified of today's deadline for the release of the records relevant to them. Accordingly, please find the attached records responsive to your request. It is my understanding these represent the extent of records located and identified as responsive to your request. With this production I believe your request is now satisfied and I will close my file. Please let me know if I am mistaken or if I can be of any additional assistance to you.

Thank you for your patience and willingness to work with the affected parties.

Sincerely,

Caroline Darrow, CPRO
Public Records Officer
King County Metro Transit
KSC-TR-0415
201 South Jackson Street
Seatte, WA 98104-3856
206-263-5513
cdarrow@kingcounty.gov

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