Recently, we reached another milestone on the road to launching the I-405 Express Toll Lanes with the availability of the new Good To Go! Flex Pass. We’ve received hundreds of phone calls and emails asking us about the new Good To Go! pass, and we’ve got answers to some of your most common questions right here.
1. Why did WSDOT create the new Good To Go! Flex Pass?
The new I-405 express toll lanes will be open to anyone on the road whenever they need it. But the Flex Pass is carpoolers’ golden ticket to travel free in the express toll lanes. You’ll need to meet new occupancy requirements, and have an active Good To Go! account and the new Flex Pass in HOV mode to travel free in the express toll lanes. This lets us know you’re carpooling so that we don’t charge a toll.
2. How will the new Flex Pass work?
The new Good To Go! Flex Pass will give carpoolers the option to drive in the new I-405 express toll lanes for free while also offering drivers the flexibility to use the lanes when they don’t qualify as a carpool. Here’s how:
- When you have enough people in your car to qualify as a carpool, just swipe to the right to turn on HOV mode before entering the express toll lanes, and you’re free to travel the system.
- If you’re traveling alone and running late or just want to bypass the congestion, simply toggle to TOLL mode and cruise into the express lane for a quicker trip.
- The Flex Pass will also work to pay tolls on all other Washington toll facilities.
3. What if you don’t have enough passengers to travel free?
Vehicles that don’t meet the carpool occupancy requirements can pay for access to the lanes even if they don’t have a Good To Go! pass. This is a choice that doesn’t exist today on I-405. Drivers with any Good To Go! pass installed in their vehicle will pay the lowest toll rate. If a vehicle without a Good To Go! pass enters the lanes, the system takes a photo of your license plate and either deducts the amount from a registered Pay By Plate account (an extra 25-cents per toll), or sends the vehicle’s registered owner a Pay By Mail bill. This gives every car a new reliable option reach their destination sooner for those times when you’re running late to a critical appointment and really need to get where you’re going as soon as possible.
4. Do I have to get a Flex Pass if I already have a Good To Go! pass?
While we recommend the new Good To Go! Flex Pass for anyone who plans on carpooling in the I-405 express toll lanes, drivers who do not plan on carpooling on I-405 can continue to use their current Good To Go! passes. But remember, the Flex Pass is the only way to drive for free as a carpool on the I-405 express toll lanes, any other Good To Go! pass will be charged on I-405 regardless of the number of vehicle occupants. Everyone has different needs so choose the pass that works best for you.
If you already bought a switchable pass for carpooling on SR 167, then you qualify for a free upgrade. Call 1-866-936-8246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to put in your request. While your switchable pass will continue to work the same when carpooling on SR 167, it will be charged a toll when carpooling on I-405 even when it is turned off.
5. What’s this about a free Flex Pass?
We realize that this is a big change for carpoolers, and we want to make the transition easier. That’s why we’re giving the Flex Pass away for free to frequent carpoolers. And don’t worry, you won’t need to camp out in line in front of the Good To Go! customer service center to be the first to get it.
Do you qualify?
- Do you live, work, and/or play in King and/or Snohomish counties?
- Do you carpool at least once a week on I-405 (including weekends!)?
If you answered yes to both, congratulations! You qualify for a free Flex Pass through RideshareOnline.com, or a community partner. Just create a profile or log into your existing account, and answer a few questions, and we’ll send you your Flex Pass in two to three weeks. We’ll give you a free Flex Pass if you routinely have two people in your car, but you can also use RideshareOnline.com to find a third person to share the ride with in order to drive toll-free at peak hours. Visit the I-405 Express Toll Lanes website to learn more.