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If you’ve crossed Tacoma Narrows without paying since July 7, expect a ticket

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Aug. 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
August 25, 2011 12:16 pm

After complaints from drivers that they had been fined despite keeping a balance in their Good to Go accounts, the state was forced to dismiss thousands of valid tickets along with the mistakes. So plenty of people crossed the bridge for free.

But now the Department of Transportation says contractor Electronic Transaction Consultants Corp. has resolved problems and is about ready to start sending out tickets.

They hit the mail around Labor Day. The state must issue fines within 60 days, so the tickets will go to drivers whose license plates were caught on camera since July 7.

“If you’ve cheated,” Deputy Transportation Secretary David Dye said today, “we’re going to get you.”

Many infractions between mid-February and July 7 went unpaid, costing the state about $45,000 a month or more than $200,000 in lost revenue, the Department of Transportation says. WSDOT said it has notified the contractor it will have to pay that money, on top of about $2 million and counting that ETC must forgo due to delays in tolling State Route 520.

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