Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tolling, Tolling Everywhere...It's Coming

You may already know about the upcoming tolling of the 520 bridge here in Seattle.

But, did you know that there is now talk of tolling on the I-90 bridge, the new 99 tunnel (if it's ever built) and on I-405?

That's right, if you live in the city of Seattle and you want to go a) to the Eastside and back, b) around the Eastside once you're over there, or c) one end of Seattle proper without getting on the traffic loaded I-5 you will need to pay. Or so it looks.

Throw in $4-$5 a gallon for gasoline and driving in Seattle will be more expensive than ever.

The only silver lining might be that - much like huge taxes on cigarettes leads some to quit smoking - that if the average Seattle citizen cannot (or does not) want to afford driving because it is so expensive, they may start using public transportation more. Of course the shadow in that silver lining is that the Metro bus system in King County is pretty horrible - takes forever to get anywhere, unreliable arrival and departure times, etc.

Not looking good any way you slice it.

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