The first meeting of the citizen advisory committee will be Thursday night in Gig Harbor.
As I reported last week, the state collected about $1 million more than it expected in the first three months of the fiscal year — July, August, September — so there no longer is a rush to jack up the tolls from the current $4 cash and $2.75 transponder tolls now on the bridge for 2-axle vehicles.
I’m told the state transportation commissioners want there to be at least a 25-cent differential next year between the transponder tolls and the tolls paid by those who stop at toll booths. That is, they want it to be slightly cheaper for those who get transponders and pay their tolls electronically.
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Citizen Advisory Committee begins toll rate setting process
GIG HARBOR – The Tacoma Narrows Bridge Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will host a series of public meetings – the first on Thursday, Oct. 29 – starting the Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rate recommendation process for fiscal year 2011 (July 2010 – June 2011). The committee will review updated financial statements and traffic and revenue numbers to begin its discussion of possible toll rate changes that would take effect July 1, 2010.
What: Tacoma Narrows Bridge Citizen Advisory Committee
Where: Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St., Gig Harbor.
When: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Additional meetings of the committee will follow on Nov. 19, and Dec. 1, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Civic Center.
All committee meetings are open to the public. Time is allotted at each meeting for public comment. Individuals also can submit comments or questions to the Citizen Advisory Committee either online, http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Tolling/TNBTolling/CACfeedback.htm, or by mail to TNB-CAC, 401 2nd Ave South, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98104-2862.
The CAC is a governor-appointed nine-member committee that makes toll rate recommendations to the Washington State Transportation Commission. Committee members include: Caroline Belleci, University Place; Ted Hilliard, Tracyton; Tracey Hopkins, Gig Harbor; Ron Jones, Gig Harbor; Sonja Morgan, Tacoma; Chris Myers, Gig Harbor; Jim Pasin, Gig Harbor; and Alan Weaver, Gig Harbor.
For more information on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll program and Washington State tolling, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/tolling.