Tracy’s Traffic Townhall to tackle Highway 99 tolling

Oct 17, 2019, 5:00 PM | Updated: Nov 12, 2019, 10:27 am

Tolling begins on Highway 99 through Seattle on Nov. 9, potentially sending thousands of drivers to alternate routes on downtown surface streets. Are you willing to pay $2.25 in each direction at peak hours?

SR 99 tunnel tolls could send thousands of cars onto Seattle streets

KIRO Radio traffic reporter Tracy Taylor hosts a panel on Thursday, Nov.7 at 12 p.m. to tackle the question of how tolling on Highway 99 will impact the region’s already unbearable traffic. Find the Traffic Townhall streaming live on KIRO Radio on YouTube, simulcasted here on MyNorthwest and KIRO Radio on Facebook.

Tracy’s Town Hall features special guests: Washington State patrol Public Information Officer Rick Johnson, Patty Rubstello, Washington State Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary of Urban Mobility and Access,  Heather Marx is the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Director of Downtown Mobility, Katie Chalmers is Service Planning Supervisor of King County Metro, Chris Sullivan is KIRO Radio’s traffic reporter, and you! You have the opportunity to submit your questions to Tracy ahead of the town hall. Now’s your chance to be heard. Get answers from the region’s traffic officials.

To reach Tracy ahead of the Nov. 7 townhall, please text “TRAFFIC” to 98973 or tweet Tracy at @kirotraffic.

Questions for Treece, Glad, Zimbabwe, Marx, Chalmers, and Sullivan include:

  • What will SDOT do in preparation of tolling and the expected surface street congestion?
  • How will King County Metro work with Seattle DOT on bus routes?
  • How do drivers get a Good To Go pass through WSDOT?
  • How do the tolling rates work?
  • How will WSDOT and Seattle DOT work together to maintain traffic through the tunnel? How will they clear incidents?
  • What’s the status of Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail projects?

Are we missing your burning question? Please text “TRAFFIC” to 98973, tweet Tracy at @kirotraffic, or submit a question below.

Sam Zimbabwe, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, was part of the townhall, but the city said on Oct. 22 that he is unable to attend. Bart Treece of the Washington State Department of Transportation and Emily Glad with WSDOT’s Tolling Divisions Communications Manager are also no longer available.

Tracy Taylor

montlake bridge...
MyNorthwest Staff

Montlake Bridge will close for 26 days starting Aug. 9

Tracy Taylor details the 26-day shutdown of the Montlake Bridge and what it will mean for commuters to the University of Washington and the Montlake area.
4 months ago
Revive I-5, construction...
MyNorthwest Staff

Plan ahead for congested roads, busy long holiday weekend

The long holiday weekend is here and more people are expected to hit the roads ahead of the Fourth of July. Know when to avoid the major routes.
5 months ago
Traffic near the I-5 overpass at Pine St. (Photo courtesy of SDOT/Flickr)...
MyNorthwest Staff

Expect road closures through downtown Seattle, Fife this weekend

There are multiple projects that will shut down parts of Southbound I-5 in Seattle and Fife this weekend.
5 months ago
traffic, traffic garden...
KIRO Radio staff

Streetwise: Thurston County school teaches students about road safety

KIRO Traffic's Tracy Taylor talks to a Thurston County School that is teaching kids about road safety and traffic.
5 months ago
Follow @
MyNorthwest Staff

Tracy’s tips for Memorial Day weekend, summer travel on the roads

Tracy has tips on best road trip destinations, gas prices, and road projects to look out for this summer in Western Washington.
6 months ago
distracted driving...
MyNorthwest Staff

Beware of the dangers of distracted driving

KIRO Radio's Tracy Taylor wants you to be aware of the dangers during Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
8 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.

Delayed-Onset PTSD: Signs and Symptoms

Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers SPONSORED — You’re probably familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder. Often abbreviated as PTSD, this condition is diagnosed when a person experiences a set of symptoms for at least a month after a traumatic event. However, for some people, these issues take longer to develop. This results in a diagnosis of delayed-onset PTSD […]

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Free unbiased help is here!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
Tracy’s Traffic Townhall to tackle Highway 99 tolling