The committee looking at tolling the tunnel looks to have settled on charging drivers a dollar to use the tunnel and a $1.25 during peak hours. (Artist rendering of the tunnel via City of Seattle)

Committee hopes $1 toll would sway you to use Seattle tunnel

Would you still consider skipping Seattle's downtown tunnel if the toll was only a $1?

The committee looking at tolling the tunnel appears to have settled on charging drivers a dollar to use the tunnel and a $1.25 during peak hours.

The Seattle Times reports the tolls would be collected 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The committee believes this pricing system does the best job of raising money and keeping drivers from avoiding the tunnel.

It had been looking at charging up to $3 during peak hours.

Tolls need to pay for $200 million worth of construction costs on the tunnel and hundreds of millions of dollars for maintenance and insurance over the first 30 years.

This is only a recommendation. The tolling commission will set the final price.

Chris Sullivan, KIRO Radio Reporter
Chris loves the rush of covering breaking news and works hard to try to make sense of it all while telling stories about real people in extraordinary circumstances.
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