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Transportation Commission calls for $1.25 increase in Tacoma Narrows bridge toll

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
March 20, 2012 5:34 pm

The commission’s vote today was preliminary, with the final decision still two months away after public hearings.

But it called for charging $4 for drivers with prepaid Good to Go accounts to cross the eastbound bridge, a $1.25 increase aimed at keeping the bridge in the black and with a large enough reserve through the next fiscal year.

A citizen committee had called for a smaller 90-cent increase to $3.65.

The state commission did agree with the citizen panel in calling for an increase of $1 in cash tolls, to $5, and an increase of $1.50 for drivers who pay by mail, to $7.

In its final decision May 21, the commission could lower the proposed rates, but would be unlikely to raise them, which would delay the scheduled date of July 1 for the higher tolls to kick in.

The commission may have to return next year for another toll increase. The state counted on ever-increasing tolls to finance the bridge’s construction.

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