The Transportation Commission is designated in law as the State Tolling Authority and sets toll rates for all state highways and bridges
Tolling is an innovative tool for easing congestion and funding major transportation projects. Washington currently has three tolled facilities: the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, SR 167 HOT Lanes Pilot Project and the SR 520 Bridge.
For details on statewide toll policy:
- Toll regulations for all tolled facilities in Washington State
- WSDOT Tolling Operations: Rules and Regulations
Express Toll (ET) lanes are currently under construction on the north end of I-405 are expected to open in 2015. These lanes will operate similarly to the High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on SR 167 (different names but same function). The Transportation Commission has begun its work to determine the toll rate structure and toll policies for the new I-405 ET lanes and will be releasing its proposal in early 2014 for public comment.
Tolling started December 29, 2011on the SR 520 Bridge. The SR 520 corridor uses all-electronic tolling, meaning that there are no toll booths at all. Drivers on SR 520 Bridge cross without stopping to pay, allowing more traffic to flow at normal highway speeds. Visit Good To Go for more information electronic tolling.
This project is part of the Lake Washington Urban Partnership, a collaborative effort between WSDOT, King County, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to explore innovative ways to help manage congestion on SR 520. For more information visit the WSDOT SR 520 Bridge page.
Construction of new facilities, such as bridges, is typically financed through bonds which must be repaid. Historically, tolls have been used in Washington State to pay for 14 bridges constructed with bonds. The most recent example of this financing strategy is the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge that opened in July 2007.
More Commuters are saving time and experiencing less congestion-related stress on SR 167. The SR 167 high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes are high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes open to solo drivers who choose to pay a toll. Carpools of two or more, vanpools and buses use the lanes toll-free. Toll rates adjust electronically to ensure traffic in the HOT lane is free flowing even when the regular lanes are congested.
Tolling Operations & Setting up Your “Good To Go” Electronic Toll Account
For more information on tolling operations or to find out how to set up an electronic toll account, please visit the Washington State Department of Transportation toll operations web site at Good To Go Options. To learn more about how Electronic Tolling works in Washington State visit Good To Go.
The Commission conducted two extensive tolling studies. The first (Part 1) was completed in 2006 and guided the creation of the first statewide tolling policy to be placed in Washington State Law.
The second study (Part 2) was completed in 2008 and was a more focused study. It identified 28 potential tolling projects throughout Washington State, establishing the state’s candidate tolling project list for the next 20 years.