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November 5, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Make bridge tolls fair

More volume equals more money

I’ve given a lot of thought to the subject of tolls on our bridges throughout the Puget Sound area.

Now there is talk about tolling I-90 because so many people have abandoned using the 520 bridge due to the very high tolls. And the state isn’t collecting enough money to support the new construction.

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll keeps increasing every year — probably because people from Kitsap County are avoiding using that bridge because of the nagging toll.

Personally, I would shop a lot more in Tacoma but hesitate because of the high toll I would have to pay. I would like someone to explain to me: Why can’t the state establish a moderate toll on all the bridges that is the same for all people? Instead of having various tolling amounts at different times of the day, why not charge $2 for all the bridges (one way) per round trip. That way, I am sure people would go back to their old routes and stop avoiding bridges, the traffic patterns would even out and more money would be collected because people wouldn’t be so concerned about the number of trips they make around the Sound.

More volume equals more money. I’m sure the state would have more than enough money to support its projects. In addition, people on Mercer Island wouldn’t be so anxious about paying a toll if it only cost them $2 to get off their island. People feel trapped by tolls and feel like the state is gouging them for everything it can get. Maybe people would feel better about the idea of paying tolls if the state would just be more fair.

Lynne Read, Kitsap County

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