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Time to Chime In About the Toll Rates that are Ever Increasing!

A Patch blogger shares her beef with the tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Everybody wants to rule the world. Remember that song?

Well there is truth to that at some point. Everyone wants to have some sort of power in their lives. No one wants to feel powerless. But that is exactly how many of the people feel who live on this side of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Why you may ask? Because we do not have a say in the toll rates. Aren't there laws about taxation without representation? And that is what the toll is: its a tax! It's always my belief that when its comes to making laws, things should be done in order and justly, according to what helps the people, not hurt them. When the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge was constructed, we felt it was just to ask for a toll to help pay the gigantic cost of building that structure.

It's been 6 years now and when you consider all the people who cross every day, which includes tourists, visitors, semi trucks, you name it, I'd say a big chunk if not all of the cost of the bridge has been paid for. You would think that the powers that be would keep us in the loop, come up with a yearly report on how much is being collected, and how much has been paid toward that expense.

But no, we arent told anything until its time to open our wallets and pay even more. First it was $1.25, then $2.75, then $4, and now $4.25, $4.50? When will it stop? It's almost extortion when a person has no choice but to pay the toll. Think of all the folks who have to go to Tacoma to work!

That's around $100 out of their paycheck a month just to get to the other side of the bridge. Include the cost of gas and you have a big dent in someone's budget. What about the person who has to go to Tacoma to apply for a job but doesn't have the $4 at the time?

They are stuck. Oh they will pay eventually, get a nice $5 fee in the mail. Things are not done justly.

It's about time that the people of Gig Harbor and the Kitsap Peninsula have a say in how much they should fork over to go across a bridge! 

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Robin Helene Hebert February 22, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Why is the 520 Bridge toll cheaper? That project is more expensive in cost than our bridge!
Robin Helene Hebert February 22, 2013 at 03:02 AM
I stand corrected. On the WSDOT site, you can see the rundown of the costs. According to their calculations, they make approximately 32 million every year in tolls and misc. costs. If they kept the toll at $2.75 they would still make enough to have the bridge paid off in 25 years!
Karen Fisher February 23, 2013 at 04:57 PM
We basically live on a island. We either go by bridge or ferry. They have us over a barrel and they know it.
Madelon Moore February 23, 2013 at 06:42 PM
At times being so hard and people having to go over bridge to work I think it's a shame that we need another cost increase right now. Have you in a head lock because we live on this side of bridge . I think it's bad timing. Also another thought if people could afford going over bridge more people could get jobs that side and makes more people going over bridge .
Jaydee1958 February 26, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Washington State......the West Coasts New Jersery....Coming soon. Toll booths every 10 miles up and down I5 and every state highway.
Mark Hoppen March 03, 2013 at 03:09 PM
We are represented by local people on the toll advisory board; any of us can attend these meetings. Reportedly, tolls are going up because fewer people than anticipated use the bridge. Originally, the tolls were to reach $6 within three years of the opening of the bridge. Local representation has held down the toll cost, but the State has obligations under the original big market bonds that funded the bridge, which are in play until the bonds can be retired and replaced with lower market debt rates, some years in the future. Until then, we should be surprised that the toll isn't a flat, across the board $6. Rep. Jan Angel has a legislative plan to alter this scenario somehow in our favor. Hopefully, her bill will prove feasible and approvable.
Been there March 04, 2013 at 04:41 AM
It's useless to get all upset. We may think we have power, but we don't. They hold public meetings to placate us, and to "give us a voice." Baloney. We have no voice. We have no power. They do what they damn well please, which is raise the tolls to line their pockets. Useless.
Robin Helene Hebert March 10, 2013 at 09:48 PM
I'm from NY and I remember that. But of course it was 50 cents!
Robin Helene Hebert March 10, 2013 at 09:49 PM
That would be a good thing. It's just seems so exorbitant over all. $4,5,6 a day puts a real dent in real people's pockets! And add the cost of gas to that...forget it...For every $100 you earn, at least half if not more is paying to get to work. You are paying to work...wow what a concept.
Liane Elliot May 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM
When they started this whole fiasco there was a commission set up that was to have citizens in our area representing the interests of all on the GH side of the bridge. I know for a fact that Derek Kilmer fought hard to keep the toll rates down since he was on the transportation board. As for toll collection reports, its right here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Tolling/TNBTolling/TNBLibrary.htm

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