Source code for Sound Transit light rail arrival display system

Joel Day filed this request with the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority of Washington.
Est. Completion July 31, 2016
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From: Joel Day

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

Requesting full source code for Sound Transit's arrival display software as seen on screens located at the University of Washington and Capitol Hill stations as well as the name of the vendor, if any, hired to develop the software and any associated contracts and communications.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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 anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Joel Day

From: Tennison, Leigh

This will acknowledge receipt of your request for full source code for Sound Transit's arrival display software as seen on screens located at the University of Washington and Capitol Hill stations, as well as the name of the vendor, if any, hired to develop the software and any associated contracts and communications.

We received your request on June 14, 2016.

Given our staffs' workload and the number of requests we are currently handling, we estimate that it will take another 3-4 weeks to identify and gather responsive records. We will contact you once we have completed our search.

Sincerely,
Leigh Tennison
Assistant to Q'Deene Nagasawa, Public Records Officer
Sound Transit
401 S. Jackson Street
Seattle, WA. 98104
T: 206.903.7104

From: Nagasawa, Q'Deene

In response to your request for the full source code for Sound Transit's arrival display software as seen on the screens located at the University of Washington and Capitol Hill stations, please be advised that this information is exempt from public disclosure under Washington State Law. Specifically, RCW 42.56.270(1) exempts "valuable formula, designs" or "computer source code" from disclosure.

Sincerely,
Q'Deene Nagasawa

Q'Deene Nagasawa
Paralegal | Public Records Officer
Legal Department
Sound Transit
401 South Jackson
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 689-4924
Fax: (206) 398-5222

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From: Joel Day

Thank you for your response! Please fulfill the remaining portion of the request, "the name of the vendor, if any, hired to develop the software and any associated contracts and communications."

Thank you!

From: Tennison, Leigh

Mr. Day:

We have further reviewed our response to your request and position/interpretation of RCW 42.56.270(1) with respect to release for the full source code for Sound Transit's arrival display software as seen on screens located at the University of Washington and Capitol Hill stations. You also requested the name of the vendor hired to develop the software.

The variable message signs and arrival display software were procured as part of the University Link track and systems construction contract. Sound Transit contracted with Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. for this contract. We are working at identifying any responsive documents to your request for contacts and communication documents to any subcontractors for this work. We will contact you when this first installment is ready.

We do not have the source code. The source code is retained by the vendor subcontracted with Stacy Witbeck.

Sincerely,

Leigh Tennison
Assistant to Q'Deene Nagasawa, Public Records Officer

From: Joel Day

Thank you!

From: Nagasawa, Q'Deene

Thank you for your email. We have no contracts with Stacy Witbeck's subcontractor that developed the display software as seen on the screens located at the University of Washington and Capitol Hill stations. We are searching through our email system for any communications that may be responsive to your request. We estimate it will take us another 3 to 4 weeks to retrieve and review emails.

Sincerely,
Q'Deene Nagasawa

From: Nagasawa, Q'Deene

Please see attached response sent on 12/6/2016.

From: Nagasawa, Q'Deene

We have received your payment and your installment is going out in the mail today.

Thank you.

Q'Deene

Q'Deene Nagasawa
Paralegal | Public Records Officer
Legal Department
Sound Transit
401 South Jackson
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 689-4924
Fax: (206) 398-5222

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facebook.com/SoundTransit<http://www.facebook.com/SoundTransit>
twitter.com/SoundTransit<http://www.twitter.com/SoundTransit>
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From: Nagasawa, Q'Deene

Thank you for your email regarding the status of your request. We sent you with the 1st installment on January 5, 2017. We still have 84,437 emails to review for potential responsive documents. Due to the number of requests we are currently handling and our staff's current workload, we estimate the next installment should be available for release in 5-6 weeks.

Sincerely,
Q'Deene Nagasawa

From: Nagasawa, Q'Deene

Mr. Day~

We have conducted a search through our emails for LK Comstock and Alstom. This resulted in 85,936 emails. We are finding that many of those emails are newsletter type emails and some are not related to the University of Washington or Capitol Hill Stations. It is taking us some time to go through that large number of emails to locate responsive emails. We have located 73 responsive emails (15.7 MG) as a first installment.

Please send $3.75 to cover copy and mail charges. Make your check payable to Sound Transit, 401 South Jackson and reference PD16-274 on your request. Once we receive payment we will copy the records to a CD and mail it to you. If you would rather review the records here at Sound Transit, please contact me to schedule an appointment during normal business hours.

In the meantime, we will continue to work on your request and estimate the next installment will be ready for release in 3-4 weeks.

If we do not receive payment or hear from you by April 30, 2017, we will conclude you no longer want access to the records and will close your request file.

Sincerely,
Q'Deene Nagasawa

Q'Deene Nagasawa
Paralegal | Public Records Officer
Legal Department
Sound Transit
401 South Jackson
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 689-4924
Fax: (206) 398-5222

Connect with us
facebook.com/SoundTransit<http://www.facebook.com/SoundTransit>
twitter.com/SoundTransit<http://www.twitter.com/SoundTransit>
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To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $3.75 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Nagasawa, Q'Deene

We have the next installment ready for release. This installment contains 83 responsive emails (14.8 MG). Please send $3.75 to cover copy and mail charges. Make your check payable to Sound Transit, 401 South Jackson, Seattle, WA 98104 and reference PD16-274 on your check. Once we receive payment we will copy the records to a CD and mail it to you. If you would rather review the records here at Sound Transit, please contact me to schedule an appointment during normal business hours.

We still have 83,610 emails to review. Due to our staff's current workload and the number of requests we are currently handling, we estimate the next installment will be available in 2-3 weeks. However, if we do not receive payment or hear from you by July 2, 2017, we will conclude you no longer want access to the records and will close your request file.

Sincerely,
Q'Deene Nagasawa

Q'Deene Nagasawa
Paralegal | Public Records Officer
Legal Department
Sound Transit
401 South Jackson
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 689-4924
Fax: (206) 398-5222

Connect with us
facebook.com/SoundTransit<http://www.facebook.com/SoundTransit>
twitter.com/SoundTransit<http://www.twitter.com/SoundTransit>
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