As we approach the end of the first week since we launched the Interstate 405 express toll lanes we are seeing more people give them a try. From Monday, Sept. 28, to Wednesday, Sept. 30, we saw an increase of 25 percent more drivers using the express toll lanes.
On Monday the express toll lanes stayed light as a lot of people seemed uncertain about them. But after some drivers saw just how quickly they could get to their destinations they made their way over to the lanes on Tuesday. In fact, we saw an increase of 20 percent more drivers using the lanes on Tuesday. Then another five percent jumped into the lanes on Wednesday. We expect to see this trend increase as more drivers test out the lanes.
If you want to try it and you don’t have a Good To Go! pass, you can still use the lane and we’ll send a bill in the mail to the registered owner for the toll plus $2.
Travel times staying constant
As far as travel times go, this morning looked a lot like yesterday morning on I- 405. In fact, things have been mostly moving pretty smoothly between Bellevue and Lynnwood this week. When we look at volumes, things are pretty steady there too, both on I-405 and I-5.
We’ll keep watching traffic closely, monitoring travel times and making adjustments as needed in order to ensure we provide drivers with the choice of a reliable and predictable trip on I-405.
Our contractor is continuing to put the finishing touches on striping throughout the corridor including replacing the temporary striping with more durable permanent striping.
|WSDOT crews add lane markings to the new I-405 express toll lanes.|
Just like we’re watching traffic, we’ll keep watching driver behavior and listening to your comments.