MYNORTHWEST NEWS

Would you like coffee with your toll?

Mar 10, 2016, 4:56 PM | Updated: 5:03 pm

Proposed plan in the transportation budget could have toll booths doubling as Starbucks or 7-Eleven...

Proposed plan in the transportation budget could have toll booths doubling as Starbucks or 7-Elevens. (WSDOT)

(WSDOT)

And you thought Starbucks shops were already everywhere they could be. Well, you were wrong.

Would you like coffee with your toll?

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that the state’s recently passed transportation budget could put in motion a plan to convert some toll booths into convenience stores, or even drive-thru coffee stands &#8212 specifically the toll booths at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Transportation budget includes improvements to I-405 express toll lanes

The transportation budget, yet to be approved by Gov. Jay Inslee, sets forth a new study that could add a little flare and convenience to toll operations. The study will investigate the potential of toll booths doubling as concession stands. Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, refers to the idea as “toll by coffee.” The end result could be the leasing of booth space to companies. They would then act as 7-Elevens or even Starbucks, Young said. Having walk-in stores in the area of the booths is also on the table.

The idea is that cashiers could collect tolls along with other convenience purchases. Young argues that the state can save money on contracts it has with private toll booth operators.

The News Tribune also reports that toll hikes expected to come to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge won’t likely be coming after all. Commuters who frequent the bridge have been concerned that a 50 cent increase to the toll could have been coming as soon as this summer. But money in the state’s recently passed transportation budget will negate the need for the increase. Rep. Young told the Tribune that the budget has enough funds to potentially hold off toll increases for a few years.

MyNorthwest News

Photo: Medics respond to a crash in SeaTac on June 21, 2024....

Julia Dallas

3 nearly lose their lives, another injured in SeaTac crash

Five people and two cars were involved in a violent car crash in SeaTac on Friday, the King County Sheriff's Office told KIRO Newsradio.

15 hours ago

Photo: Lacey police are investigating a deadly shooting....

KIRO 7 News Staff

21-year-old arrested in Lacey double murder after police chase

A 21-year-old man led police on a chase following the murder of two people whom he lived with in Lacey.

15 hours ago

Photo: The exterior of the Boeing Company headquarters on March 25, 2024....

James Lynch

Boeing working with DOJ to avoid criminal charges

After allegedly violating the terms of a 2021 deferred prosecution agreement, Boeing is reportedly working to avoid a criminal trial.

18 hours ago

Photo: Yin May suffered severe injuries when she was hit by a driver in Kent....

Julia Dallas

Deputies searching for person who hit, nearly killed woman in Kent

King County deputies are looking for the person who almost killed a woman in Kent in a hit-and-run on Sunday.

19 hours ago

Photo: Snohomish County bus....

Bill Kaczaraba

Attacks against Community Transit drivers reveal potential troubling trend

Community Transit drivers in Snohomish County face a growing threat from violent passengers. Two drivers have been attacked recently.

19 hours ago

Image: A Seattle Police Department vehicle is parked outside Lumen Field in Seattle....

Steve Coogan

Report: Seattle officer fired after previous racist comments surfaced

A Seattle Police Department officer was fired for calling his neighbor racist and sexist slurs and making other comments in 2022.

21 hours ago

Would you like coffee with your toll?