The new 520 Bridge is not even completely open and state government is already trying to push two MORE 520 Bridge Toll increases. Washington State Transportation Commission is proposing increases to the already unreasonably high rates on the SR 520 Bridge Toll:
Weekday and weekend toll rates on SR 520 Bridge Toll would increase 5 percent (20 cents) on July 1, 2016, and 5 percent (20 cents) on July 1, 2017.
Nighttime tolling on SR 520 Bridge Toll (11 p.m. – 5 a.m.) would begin on July 1, 2017, at a flat rate of $1.25. Currently there is no late night / early morning 520 Bridge Toll – and that is what Washington state residents were promised.
The proposed increases on the 520 Bridge Toll will be enough to raise the required $1.2 billion in toll revenue to cover a portion of the new bridge’s cost. This is just part of cost overruns incurred by horrible management of the project. Instead of making those responsible incur the costs, these ridiculous costs are simply being passed on to residents in the form of another thinly veiled tax.
When do Washington state residents finally stand up to state politics and send lawmakers a message that they cannot just raise taxes to pay for their poor management decisions and lack of judgement? The time is NOW. Here is our chance and we must take advantage of this opportunity to tell them enough is enough.
The Commission is accepting public comments from now through May 10. You can email the Commission at email@example.com , mail your comments to WSTC, PO Box 47308, Olympia, WA, 98504, or attend an open house or public meeting:
Seattle: Thursday, April 21
Open House: 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Public Meeting: 12 – 2 p.m.
Union Station, Sound Transit Board Room
401 S Jackson St., Seattle
Bellevue: Thursday, April 21
Open House: 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Public Meeting: 6 – 8 p.m.
Bellevue City Hall, Council Chambers
450 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue
The Commission will offer a final opportunity for comment and take action on these proposals at its monthly meeting on May 17.
As for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the Commission decided to suspend a planned 50-cent increase in toll rates scheduled to take effect this July. The Washington State Legislature provided $2.5 million in gas tax revenues to pay for the bridge’s debt service payments coming due between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. The Commission will finalize this decision at theirMay 17 meeting.
Again, if you have any comments about toll rates, you can contact the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE stand up and quit taking BS from the state. No new taxes or increases on 520 Bridge Toll without a public vote. Any state employees or representatives proposing or supporting increased tolls or other disguised taxes on already overtaxed consumer should be fired or voted out of office.