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Meeting Tuesday on proposed bridge toll increase

Post by Brent Champaco on Feb. 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm with 4 Comments »
February 8, 2010 3:17 pm
The state is recommending toll increases for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. File photo by Drew Perine, The News Tribune. 2008

Residents will get a chance to comment on a proposed increase to toll rates at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on Tuesday.

The state’s Citizen Advisory Commission on tolls will meet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St.

The committee will discuss the state Transportation Commission’s Jan. 21 recommendation to increase the toll from $2.75 per roundtrip to $3.25 per roundtrip for drivers with a Good to Go! electronic transponder. Drivers without a transponder would pay $5 a trip, a $1 increase to what they pay now.

In January, State Treasurer James McIntire recommended the increase so toll rates could eventually generate revenue equaling 110 percent of the bridge’s debt costs as a safeguard against events that might lower traffic volumes and toll revenue.

But state Sen. Derek Kilmer and Rep. Larry Seaquist — both Gig Harbor Democrats — have joined other residents who argue that an increase is unnecessary.

McIntire, Kilmer, Seaquist and other officials are expected to attend the meeting.

The Transportation Commission will release its official toll proposal this spring, with public meetings to follow. Any changes won’t take effect until July 1.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. grneyes89 says:

    This rate increase is unecessary, if the state increases the toll, it will cause prie of goods to eventually increase. The residents of harbor will be paying on both ends of the spectrum!

  2. mcgyver says:

    I don’t know why they are even having a meeting, you and I and everyone else knows damn well that they are going to raise the tolls.

  3. teammojjo says:

    Oh look, let’s have a meeting where we really don’t care what the residents think because we are going to raise the tolls anyway and squander the money on whatever we see fit. Sounds an awful lot like the tunnel project that no one wanted but everyone is going to have to pay for.

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