Monday, December 5, 2011

New ways to pay the Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll

by guest blogger Emily Pace

Drivers with Good To Go! still pay the same toll rate

Tacoma Narrows Bridge electronic tolling
Do you have relatives or friends traveling across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge this holiday season? If they don’t have a Good To Go! pass, they won’t need to wait in line at the toll booths anymore. With the introduction of photo tolling, Tacoma Narrows Bridge drivers now have additional ways to pay the toll.
Here’s how photo tolling works: you drive across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge without a Good To Go! account and without stopping to pay at the toll booths. A photo is taken of your license plate as your vehicle passes through the electronic toll lanes and a bill is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. Photo tolling allows us to offer new payment options to two-axle vehicles and motorcycles:
  • Pay By Mail - $5.50 If you travel across the bridge without a Good To Go! account or stopping at the toll booth, the registered owner of the vehicle will be sent a Pay By Mail toll bill. These drivers previously would have received a $52 infraction notice for not paying the toll.
  • Good To Go!  Pay By Plate - $3.00 Add Grandma’s license plate to your Good To Go! account and pay for her trip to your house for the holidays. Simply add their license plate and vehicle information to your account. You don’t need a pass.
  • Good To Go!  Short Term Account - $5.00 You can set up a Short Term Account within 72 hours of traveling across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. A Short Term Account is valid for up to 14 days and then it automatically closes. Each day’s toll transactions are charged directly to your credit or debit card.
No changes for existing Good To Go! pass holders and drivers who stop at toll booths

If you’re a Good To Go! customer, nothing changes with the introduction of these new payment options. Good To Go! pass holders still pay $2.75 for two-axle vehicles and those who stop at the toll booths still pay $4.00.

Having a Good To Go! pass (transponder) still guarantees you pay the lowest toll rate and it works on any tolled facility in the state. The three new payment options listed above can also be used on the SR 520 Bridge when tolling starts later in December, although toll rates for that bridge will vary from those listed. If you are a solo driver using the SR 167 HOT Lanes, you must have a Good To Go! pass installed in your vehicle.

SR 520 tolling coming soon; purchase and activate your pass before the last-minute rush begins

Offering photo tolling on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is an important milestone in providing more options for Good To Go! customers. You might also want to check out the new pass options available for carpoolers using HOT lanes, for motorcyclists looking for a transparent sticker that adheres to the headlamp, and for families wanting to share one pass among several vehicles. Remember the most popular choice is the new sticker passes that are smaller and cheaper at only $5.00 each. You can purchase them online, by calling 1-866-936-8246 or at a customer service center. In addition, the sticker passes are available at Safeway, Fred Meyer, QFC or Costco. If you have purchased your pass from one of these stores, be sure to activate it online or over the phone. 

For more information on Good To Go!, visit www.wsdot.gov/goodtogo.

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