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TUESDAY: Narrows Bridge Citizen Advisory Committee To Discuss Toll Rate Changes

The committee is reportedly considering an increase of 50 cents over the next two years.

  • WHAT: Tacoma Narrows Bridge Citizen Advisory Committee
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5.
  • WHERE: Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St.
  • WHAT ELSE: The committee will discuss toll increases

Would you be happy paying 50 cents more to cross Narrows Bridge?

Well, that's what the committee tasked with helping recommend toll rates to the state is reportedly considering.

The News Tribune's Christian Hill is reporting that it's unclear whether an increase, if approved, would take place all at once or be spread over two years, but the goal is to generate enough money to pay the bridge's debt payments.

So we ask you, Gig Harbor Patch users, how would a 50-cent-per-trip increase affect your commute? Should the state increase the toll all at once or spread it out over two years? Tell us in the comments below.

Thomas Hansen February 05, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Typical government. Once they find a revenue source, they never give it up. Dollars to donuts once the bridge loans are eventually paid off, they will up with another idea to keep their cash cow fat. They will create a user fee to pay for future maintenance will be their gimmick I bet.
MAC EN February 06, 2013 at 12:30 AM
MC Unless more people take a stand together the government is going to continue to skin us one layer at a time like an onion until there is nothing left but a dried up ole peel...
Korbett Mosesly February 08, 2013 at 11:39 PM
What slush fund/ cash cow, are you referring too? The revenue is going to pay back the debt for building a $730 million dollar bridge.
Korbett Mosesly February 08, 2013 at 11:43 PM
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge project was financed with debt payments that rise over time, requiring additional toll revenue. That original plan assumed an average toll rate increase of $1 every three years until reaching a maximum of $6. We still have to pay back the bonds that paid for the $730 bridge. Bottom line that is where the money goes.
Lynn Elliott February 10, 2013 at 09:02 AM
Some excellent points and questions, Danielle! To whom do we go to get them answered accurately and honestly?

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