The Washington State Transportation Commission voted to approve a 5 percent toll increase for the SR 520 bridge.
Beginning July 1, the peak rate of $3.90 will go to $4.10. The increase will, apparently, “help pay for the new 520 floating bridge and other improvements” — something that they already did.
On July 1, 2017, the toll rate will increase another 20 cents for a total of $4.30.
But, that’s not all that July 2017 will have in store for commuters, as nighttime tolling will replace the current toll-free situation, taking effect from 11 p.m. – 5 a.m., and costing drivers a flat rate of $1.25.
Tacoma Narrows Bridge commuters were spared similar increases. The commission voted to repeal a 50-cent toll increase for that bridge due to funding appropriated by state lawmakers.
It appears that the Democrats’ plan to make everyone’s commute even more miserable than it already is continues.