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We’re seeking readers to discuss impact of bridge tolls

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on June 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm with 4 Comments »
June 13, 2012 3:38 pm

The new Tacoma Narrows Bridge turns five years old next month.

The project eased the commute for tens of thousands of residents living and working on the peninsula, but the faster drive came at the cost of bridge tolls.

We are working on stories that examine the future of tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and how they have affected the lives of residents who regularly pay them.

We want to feature residents discussing how tolls have impacted their household budgets, how they’ve adjusted their lifestyles to pay that expense and how they’ll adjust their finances to pay for the first toll increase in four years that takes effect July 1.

We’d also like to hear from those who are gladly paying tolls in exchange for getting rid of the daily backups near the bridge. How has your commuting lifestyle changed for the better?

If you are interested in sharing your story, you’re encouraged to contact reporter Christian Hill at the News Tribune at 253-274-7390 or christian.hill@thenewstribune.com, or reporter Brett Davis at The Peninsula Gateway at 253-853-9243 or brett.davis@gateline.com.

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  1. I get the feeling the Bridge Proponents will be supprised how much they will be paying for the priviledge of crossing the Bridge in the future.I believe the timeline for the Bridge to be paid off is about another 35 years unless the Legislature finds a way to extend the tolls permanently.They have 35 years to figure out a way to bypass the ending of the tolls clause.

  2. AntiMisRE says:

    I have not been able to sell my house, since we have lost a whole contingent of potential buyers. What crazy person would be willing to move here when the tolls are so high?

    I now have to vanpool to work instead of drive myself..adding an extra hour to my commute.

    Friends are more hesitant about visiting the area so I have to go to Tacoma the majority of the time to do the visiting.

  3. AntiMisRE says:

    I should also add that the backups are virtually non-existant, so that is a plus. $4 tolls scare me though.

  4. northendguy says:

    We use to travel to GH at least twice a week for business & dinner. Now it’s once a month for dinner and the business has almost dried up completely, mostly due to the downturn in the economy & the rising bridge tolls. Going to 5 bucks per, will now end the dinner trips too, lots of fine eating establishments in Tacoma. I guess the only time I’ll travel to GH now, will be by boat. Sorry Tides, but see ya on the dock.

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