South Sound lawmakers are going to bat for Narrows bridge commuters to get state money to temporarily discount the tolls drivers will pay when the new bridge span opens in July. (We supported the effort in today’s editorial).
Without a subsidy, the price for a trip across the Narrows and back will probably run close to $3. That will quickly add up for people who live in Gig Harbor and work in Tacoma or vice versa. Still, it’s not as much as people paid to cross the existing Narrows bridge when it opened in 1950. Back then, a round trip cost $1.10, which the state estimates would equal $8.64 today.
But just try telling today’s commuters they are getting a bargain. There’s little doubt more people are making daily crossings now than they did in 1950, multiplying the impact of a toll.