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Tollpayers can comment on proposed Narrows toll hike

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on March 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm with 5 Comments »
March 25, 2013 4:19 pm

Tollpayers and others have two chances to comment on a proposal by the Washington State Transportation Commission to increase tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge by 25 cents during each of the next two summers.

Comments will be taken at two commission meetings scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 15 and May 20. Both meetings will take place at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview Street. The commission is scheduled to take action on tolls at the May 20 meeting.

Those unable to attend the meeting can send comments via email or “snail mail.” Written comments should be addressed to: Washington State Transportation Commission, P.O. Box 47308, Olympia, WA. 98504-7308. You can send emailed comments by clicking here.

For more on how the bridge was financed and how that has affected tolls, click here.

Good to Go!, cash and pay-by-mail tolls, respectively, would increase to $4.25, $5.25 and $6.25, under the current proposal. They would increase to $4.50, $5.50 and $6.50, again respectively, on July 1, 2014.

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  1. If I am reading the fee proposal correctly, the increase will be 25 cents more for the next two years.Then I think you will hear how the drop in collections will cause such a shortage in funds to meet the payback for the Bridge, that only a severe increase in tolls will suffice.I think for starters the next increase will be for at least $1.00 more.I think before the bridge is paid for. the tolls will be at $10.00 for everyone crossing the Bridge.

  2. mustang6984 says:

    Before long…it will cost less to drive around!

    So much for that #3.00 toll that wasn’t going to be raised. I seem to remember that comment being made back when tolls were announced.

  3. BigBlockChev says:

    You can show up and comment if you want but they don’t give a tinker’s darn what you think… They will trot out their guy, Stone, in his twead blazer and tell you that they HAVE to raise tolls to pay the bonds… First of all, that’s not true. The bonds are backed by the full faith and credit of the state. REDUCE the tolls by the amount that would have been saved ($10s of millions) if the bonds could be refinanced. Force the general fund to make up the difference for that debacle. Reduce the tolls by eliminating the scam of sales tax and the contingency fund ruse. A legitimate toll should be about $2….

  4. BigBlockChev says:

    Go to the meeting and ask if anybody in the room has ever taken Econ 101….

  5. BigBlockChev says:

    They think that by giving the public a comment period that everything will be just wonderful…. Remember, that was the point of the silly citizens advisory panel…a ruse to deflect criticism from the Commission – a completely meaningless joke. It is akin to the executioner asking if you have any last words…

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