Wednesday, December 7, 2011

SR 520 tolling—Will you be Good To Go?

Breaking news: Tolling on the 520 bridge will start Dec. 29. Being prepared can save you money, time and peace of mind. 
Tolling the current bridge while building the new one will slash public costs and help keep future tolls low, but it will also add traffic to SR 522, I-5, I-90, and I-405 as commuters explore alternative routes. That’s why our state’s Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and local communities are making a massive effort to smooth the transition by giving travelers more tools and choices that you should you know about.

Know your tolling choices. You can always drive your vehicle across the bridge and have a bill mailed to you automatically, but having a GoodToGo! sticker will save you $1.50 each trip—and it works on every tolling facility in the state! The web page makes it easy to get a sticker and offers great tips. Be sure to check out the SR 520 Tolling Video.

Understand bargain tolling. You can get deep discounts for crossing the 520 bridge during non-peak hours. The SR 520 Toll Rates web page gives you an idea of how much you can save.

Know your transit options. Metro and Sound transit are adding nearly 130 bus trips each day to routes that go around or cross the 520 bridge. Metro’s Getting across the 520 Bridge web page offers great tools for finding transit and ride-sharing alternatives to regular tolls, including expanded Cross-lake bus routes and schedules and a handy Eastside Park and Ride Map (PDF).
Know your traffic conditions.  Drive smart and save time with up-to-the-minute traffic info from WSDOT’s Seattle Area Traffic page, or Dial 511 Travel info, and Twitter feeds.

As House Transportation Committee Chair Judy Clibborn puts it, “Knowing your choices, planning ahead, and allowing some extra time to reach your destination will go a long way toward making the transition to tolling as easy as possible.”
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