Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: May 22, 2013
Contact: Reema Griffith, WSTC Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA – With a unanimous vote today (May 22), the Washington State Transportation Commission adopted a 2.5 percent toll-rate increase for the State Route 520 bridge during its meeting in Port Townsend. The commission gathered and considered written public comments over the past two months, prior to taking action. The new rates will take effect on July 1.
The new peak Good To Go! rates will be $3.70, and the peak Pay By Mail rates will be $5.25. The increase affects all toll rates, but drivers using a Good To Go! pass will continue to pay the lowest rate. The complete toll-rate schedule for the SR 520 bridge will be posted online before the end of the month at www.wstc.wa.gov.
SR 520 traffic and revenue continue to meet projections and are on track to provide more than $1 billion in funding to help pay for the construction of a new bridge. This year’s increase is the second of four annual, 2.5 percent rate increases for SR 520 planned through 2015. In July 2016, there is a planned 15 percent increase once the new bridge is open to traffic. However, the commission may adjust any of these anticipated rate increases after their annual review of traffic and revenue. The commission is required by law to set toll rates for the SR 520 bridge at levels sufficient to pay for debt payments, maintenance, preservation and operations of the bridge.
In adjusting rates for the SR 520 bridge, the commission must acquire certificates from four independent entities that certify the proposed rate increase will meet legal mandates, revenue requirements and address acceptable cost levels. The commission evaluates and considers 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, and public comments submitted to them.
For more information about the commission, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
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