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originally posted by: American-philosopher
a reply to: schuyler
But yet a couple years ago I was watching this local news show called Upfront where they reported people going around or taking the long way. when faced with the choice of either paying a toll and moving quickly or taking the long way and being stuck in traffic.
Do you think they will start tolling those express lanes through downtown Seattle and going up north? with that stupid good to go pass.
Finally, if you drive from Spokane's South Hill to the north side, it is about 22 miles a day or about 8,000 miles per year, which would cost the driver about $120 a year.
"Oh, I think absolutely, it's a big change of behavior and it requires a little bit of investment, of trust on the part of the public that the government, with partners can pull this off," Royer explained.
Drivers would either need to download an app on their phone or have a tracking device installed in their car to calculate the total cost.
If drivers were to tell the state how much they drove based on miles on their odometer, they would have to include miles driven outside of Washington.
originally posted by: Daedalus
a reply to: Aazadan
it's simple....they require you to put a device in your car, similar to the EZ-Pass, some states use for their major roadways....
originally posted by: schuyler
originally posted by: bigx001
originally posted by: Domo1
a reply to: bigx001
Yeah, the toll booths went away. You still get charged every time you drive over the bridge though. You either get one of the Good 2 Go passes or they send you a bill.
get the facts straight, the current tolls are to pay for the new bridge. up until a few years ago there was no toll since there was no replacement.
Washington State law requires that tolls be collected to pay for the bridge, and stop when the bridge is paid for, but it's very weird in application. The old Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the green metal one used for East to West traffic, has no tolls, but the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge, used only for West to East traffic, does. Tolls have been put back on the Seattle floating bridge, the north one starting in Montlake, because they're about to "upgrade" it, yet no tolls have ever been on the Edward Murrow (Mercer Island) floating bridge. To further complicate the issue, State Route 167, from Renton to Auburn, now has a toll lane with variable costs, that is paid by the same Good-to-Go pass that gets you across the bridges at a cheaper rate, but there are no bridges involved. It's there to sock the commuter if he wants to move faster through rush hour.
Point is that the legislators and State DOT have been very loose in their definition of what they can and cannot charge tolls for. We can expect more in the future and we can expect the law to further erode.