Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: April 9, 2012
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA – Toll customers and other interested persons will have an opportunity to comment on the Washington State Transportation Commission’s new toll rate proposal for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
Two public input meetings are scheduled for the commission’s proposal:
- 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, Port Orchard City Hall, 216 Prospect St.
- 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St.
In addition, the commission will hold a final rate hearing and take action to adopt new toll rates in Gig Harbor on May 21. That hearing also will take place at the Gig Harbor Civic Center.
The proposed toll rates would take effect on July 1:
- $4 for Good to Go!
- $5 cash
- $7 pay by mail
The commission is required by law to set toll rates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in an amount that is sufficient to pay the debt for the bridge, as well as to pay costs related to maintenance, preservation and operations of the bridge.
Because the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was financed with an escalating debt structure to minimize the initial impact on bridge users, debt payments rise over time and require additional toll revenue. In the 2007-2009 biennium, the state paid $41 million in debt payments, but in the current 2011-2013 biennium debt payments for the bridge reach nearly $90 million.
The commission evaluates several factors during the toll-setting process, including bridge expenses that are paid for by toll revenue, trends in traffic volumes, the schedule for bond payments, ending balances in the toll revenue account, the rate recommendations from the Citizen Advisory Committee and public input.
For more information about the commission, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
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