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Archive for the 'Tolling' Category


More Drivers Avoiding 520 Bridge Toll

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/More-and-more-drivers-opting-out-of-520-tolling-140807963.html Roughly half of commuters are avoiding the 520 bridge toll. It will be interesting to see if this goes up as the cost of gas rises. It also doesn’t mention the increased usage of public transportation in the corridor. Ben

Narrows Bridge Toll Rates Proposed

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/02/23/2037978/citizen-panel-reveals-proposed.html The citizens tolling commission is proposing at least a $1 increase in tolls to cover bridge costs and make up for lowered traffic. Ben

Narrows Bridge Toll Increase Would Hurt Businesses and Families

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/02/08/2018393/residents-say-raising-narrows.html Residents of the Kitsap Peninsula testifying at a tolling committee meeting say that increasing the toll would be very detrimental to the Peninsula. I am very split on this issue. The new bridge was necessary, and it is better that only those who use it pay for it. However the […]

First SR 520 Toll Bills In the Mail

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/01/12_First520TollBills.htm WSDOT has mailed the first 19,000 toll bills for the SR 520 bridge. This was far less than was expected due to the use of the Good to Go electronic tolling pass. Ben

520 Toll Increases Speed

From The Seattle Times via KING-5: http://www.king5.com/news/local/With-toll-520-traffic-light–and-faster-than-limit-136935628.html The addition of tolls to the SR 520 Bridge have decreased traffic so much that speeds have increased to 65 mph, from 10 or less. Granted this has increased traffic on I-90 and SR 522, but so far it appears not as much as expected. Furthermore, transit ridership […]

More Drivers Using a Tolled SR 520

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/01/06_520TollingWeekLater.htm While traffic is now free flowing on SR 520 and I-90 has gained some traffic, drivers are coming back to 520. This would be expected. The savings in time, and gas, may far outweigh the cost in tolls. Ben

Tolls on SR 520 On Track to Fund New Bridge

From KING-5: http://www.king5.com/news/local/WSDOT–520-tolling-on-track-to-fund-new-floating-bridge-136806543.html Even with a drop in traffic on the 520 bridge with the introduction of tolls, there is still enough money coming in to fund the replacement bridge. This is excellent news. The bridge has needed replacement for many years. The faster we can move ahead, the better. Ben

520 Toll Affecting Businesses

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/New-520-Bridge-toll-having-an–136706113.html Business near the SR 520 Bridge have seen a drop in customers after the addition of tolls. More users are shifting their commutes, either to other routes or to public transit. I also wonder if the fact the bridge is now moving instead of dead stopped may have an effect. Easier to […]

Low Income Not Affected By 520 Tolling

From KING-5 via MSNBC:

Low Income Not Affected By 520 Tolls

From KINGF-5 via MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45871774/ns/local_news-seattle_wa/#.TxBTfiM-mLy A study by the University of Washington found that only 1% of low income families use the SR 520 bridge and therefore 99% of families are not affected by the toll. As also noted, the only other funding options would be an increase in the gas and sales taxes, which […]