SR-520 toll rates under consideration

Many people have been asking what the toll rates will be to cross the SR-520 bridge when tolling begins next spring. Here’s the scoop on toll rates and how you can weigh in. The Washington State Transportation Commission will determine toll rates this fall. The commission is studying two toll rate options: a lower toll rate for vehicles with a ‘Good to Go!’ account and a higher rate for vehicles that receive a bill and pay-by-mail. The commission will also set toll rates that vary by time of day and on weekends to encourage driving during less congested periods. For example, rates during weekday morning and afternoon peak periods will be higher than during off-peak hours and weekends. The commission is following a process outlined in the Washington Administrative Code that will include public hearings later this year that will be well-publicized in advance. Final toll rate decisions are expected to be made by early next year. Commission meeting agendas and minutes can be viewed online, where comments about toll rates can be submitted.

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