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TOLLS: Fewer left to pay increasing cost

Letter by Peggy W. Karscig, Gig Harbor on July 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm with 8 Comments »
July 12, 2012 1:20 pm

Noah Crocker, senior financial analyst with the state Transportation Commission, wants to remind us how we would all be sitting in traffic without the new bridge (thenewstribune.com, 7-11).

Yes, we would. If I recall, the majority of the Gig Harbor area voted against building a new bridge.

Crocker also points out that the tolls were going to rise regardless of how we felt and the state of the economy. In fact, sooner than we want we will be paying $6 to cross. I’m willing to bet Crocker does not cross the bridge daily to go to his job.

Some might say that if you don’t like the tolls, move to Tacoma. To that I say, try selling your house in this market when you have to pay bridge tolls. People don’t want to move here and pay $6 to cross the bridge.

Traffic will only continue to decline due to toll increases, leaving those who have no choice to find some way to pay them. Crocker’s tone to me sounds pretty much like: Too bad, prisoners on the Peninsula; at least you don’t have to sit in traffic.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. alindasue says:

    They aren’t prisoners. They can always avoid paying the toll by driving down around Olympia and up. If that’s too much cost, the only charge on eastbound ferry service is for the car and driver.

    I suspect though that just like when gas prices went up and people still drove, people who will pay the toll would still pay the toll even after it goes up.

  2. Or they can live close to where they work, or work close to where they live.

  3. alindasue says:

    Yes, xring, that works too.

  4. averageJose says:

    Actually… does the term “captive audience” ring a bell?

  5. MyBandito says:

    If it weren’t for Tim Eyman and his voodoo anti-tax initiatives, that bridge could have been built on the state’s dime, without tolls.

    He sold us a “bridge” and now we’re paying paying dearly for it.

  6. averageJose says:

    The state has been trying to figure out how to use tolling to fund roads for some time.


  7. PumainTacoma says:

    Classic goes from .75 cents to $5.00 for pass holders in a short period of time. Gotta make up for the 520 Bridge and all those kick-backs from the Medina Democrats

  8. averageJose says:

    No kidding Pumain.

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