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.