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Final Hearing for Tacoma Narrows Bridge Toll Increase on Monday

Under the proposed toll rates, it could cost $5 by cash and $4 for Good to Go! customers.

Gig Harbor residents will have one more opportunity to voice their opinions as the Washington State Transportation Commission holds a final rate hearing for the upcoming toll increase for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on Monday.

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The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at on May 21. The commission said it plans to take action immediately afterward to adopt new toll rates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (TNB).

Here are the proposed toll rates to take effect July 1, 2012:

  • $4 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 debt payments, maintenance, preservation and operations of the bridge.

Because the TNB 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 2007-09 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. 

The commission held two public input meetings on its proposal last month in Port Orchard and Gig Harbor.

For more information about the commission, visit the Transportation Commission’s website at: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/

Harborite May 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I only have to cross the bridge once a week. I'd cross more often if the toll were less so they would probably get as much or more money out of me. It's a crime they can't refinance the bonds !!!!
Akiko Oda May 17, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I saw an interesting comment on our Facebook page. What's your response to his argument? "Increased tolls bad but increase sales tax, school levy, fire levy and electric rates OK? Or what about the increase in gas prices?"
Natalie Fujita May 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Odd that they think they'll get more revenues if they increase the tolls. Folks will just cross over less frequently. Give the GH residents a "frequent user break"... More money to bridge tolls =less money to GH restaurants, & merchants.
Brooke May 31, 2012 at 05:26 AM
I am renting a home in Gig Harbor currently but I attend College at TCC and I kept my daughter at her previous school in UP so we cross the bridge 1-3 times per day. We are packing up and moving back to UP or North Tacoma. Groceries, gas and tolls are more than my rent! So sad that we the people who live in the area surrounding the bridge did not get to vote. Where is the democracy?
Sofonda cox June 12, 2012 at 05:01 AM
This higher toll is some bull $hit!

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