Electronic tolling on SR-520 begins this spring

When tolling begins this spring, you'll drive across the bridge just like you do today. As you pass through the tolling area at regular highway speeds, the system automatically detects your Good To Go! Pass (transponder) or license plate going both directions. The proper amount is then deducted from your Good To Go! tolling account. Those without a pass such as visitors or other infrequent users will be billed by mail. Cameras will photograph license plates, which will be used to identify the registered owner, who will be billed by mail.

The Washington State Transportation Commission has approved toll rates for the SR-520 Bridge. The state Legislature will need to take action for final approval.

The Commission approved two toll rates: a lower toll rate for vehicles with Good To Go! accounts, and a higher rate for vehicles that receive a bill and Pay By Mail. Toll rates vary by time of day and on weekends to encourage driving during less congested periods. More information on the proposed rates, proposed exemptions and rates for multiple-axle vehicles can be found on the Commission's Web site.

Good To Go! prepaid accounts toll rates for two-axle vehicles:

• AM/PM weekday peak hours: $2.80 to $3.50

• Weekday off-peak hours: $1.60 to $2.25

Nighttime (11 p.m. to 5 a.m.): free

Weekends: $1.10 to $2.20

Pay By Mail toll rates:

• AM/PM weekday peak hours: $4.30 to $5.00

• Weekday off-peak hours: $3.20 to $3.75

• Nighttime: (11 p.m. to 5 a.m.): free

• Weekends: $2.60 to $3.70

Drivers can sign up online ahead of time. There will be a mobile sign up and information stations set up in places across the region.

Check out Good To Go! at the Seattle Mariners FanFest at Safeco Field on Saturday, Jan. 29, and Sunday, Jan. 30.

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