WSDOT aims to ease transition for coming SR 99 tunnel tolls
UPDATE: Added information regarding WSDOT’s new pay-as-you-go option launching this summer
The Washington State Department of Transportation aims incentivize drivers to use new tolls for Seattle’s SR 99 tunnel. Tolls kick in sometime this summer.
WSDOT is offering a new program waiving the $5 cost usually attached to acquiring a “Good to Go!” sticker. Drivers can wait until late summer to open a “Good to Go!” account, paired with a new pay-as-you-go payment option that does not require the usual $30 pre-paid balance.
That new payment option will be launched prior to the start of tolling in the tunnel; WSDOT will be notifying customers when it becomes available.
The hope is to ease the transition for tunnel drivers.
“Fewer than one-third of vehicles currently using the SR 99 tunnel have Good To Go! passes,” said WSDOT Toll Division Director Edward Barry. “Using a Good To Go! pass is not just the most convenient way to pay a toll, but it’s the best way to make sure you’re paying the lowest toll possible.”
On top of the tunnel tolls that will range between $1 and $2.25 — depending on the time of day — driving the tunnel sans registration with “Good to Go” will run an additional $2.
More information: Good To Go! Incentive Pass Program
WSDOT is asking that anyone interested fills out a survey. It will then mail the pass out within roughly a month following that. Drivers can activate the pass by adding it to an existing “Good to Go” account.
Specifically, tolls for the tunnel will look like this:
- Toll rates range from $1.50 – $2.25 during peak travel times and $1 overnight.
- The midday toll rate is $1.25.
- Up to $2.25 for the peak rush hours between 3-6 p.m.
- There are four different toll rates over six time periods on weekdays.
- Beginning in July 2022, toll rates increase 3 percent, every three years for all days of the week.
WSDOT has yet to announce the exact date tolling in the tunnel will begin.