First of all, I’m all for tolls. It’s a great way to have those that use infrastructure pay for it. But the $5.00 per trip ($3.50 with Good-To-Go Pass) is simply too high and it is causing problems.
Notice in the screenshot (and above photo) of yesterday’s evening commute. It is usually black (jammed) but here 520 is mostly wide open while I-90 is nearly blocked. And notice the corridors up and down I-5 and I-405 are bumper-to-bumper from those going around.
The solution is simple: lower the toll.
A lower toll would alleviate much of the pressure building up everywhere else by increasing use of the 520 bridge. And guess what? There’s a side bonus! The state could actually see HIGHER revenue from a LOWER toll. Imagine today 10,000 cars pay an average of $3.50. That’s $350,000. Now, what if the toll were lowered to $1.00 and the state actually gets the 40,000 crossings they predicted? That would be $400,000 in revenue. So a lower toll would increase revenue while reducing traffic throughout the region.
Let’s make it happen. Like this article on Facebook, email it to your friends, contact your city council, DOT people, and/or State representatives.