The I-405 express toll lanes between Bellevue and Lynnwood begin operating Sept. 27. Here's a list of things you should be familiar with to be ready for tolling on I-405.
1. Flex Pass – If you carpool on I-405, you'll need a Flex Pass set to HOV mode and the right number of people to ride toll-free in the express toll lanes. Flex Passes work to pay tolls on any toll road in Washington. If you're not sure if you need a Flex Pass, click here.
2. Carpool rules – You'll need three people to form a carpool during weekday peak hours (5-9 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.). Weekdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. only two people are required. The express toll lanes are open to all for free on weekdays from 7 p.m. - 5 a.m. and all day on weekends.
3. Activate your Flex Pass – If you got a free Flex Pass by taking our online survey or purchased a pass at one of our retail partners (Fred Meyer, QFC or Walgreens) you'll need to go online to set up and fund a Good To Go! account and activate your pass.
4. Rate Signs – Signs will tell you everything you need to know about the current carpool requirements and toll rates so that you can make an informed choice about whether you want to choose to use the lanes for that trip. With a Good To Go! pass, you always pay the price you see when you enter, even if you see a higher toll rate further down the road. If you don't have an account, you'll receive a bill in the mail for the Good To Go! pass rate plus an extra $2 per toll transaction.
5. Toll Rates – Toll rates are based on current traffic and will typically vary between 75 cents to $4 per trip depending on time and distance traveled. The highest possible toll rate for a single trip is $10. The price goes up when lots of vehicles are using the express toll lanes and the price drops as demand for the lanes goes down. This dynamic pricing manages congestion in the express toll lanes to keep speeds at a minimum of 45 mph.
6. Designated entry/exit points – The express toll lanes will be separated from the regular lanes by double white lines that are illegal to cross. Vehicles can enter and exit at dashed segments in the double white lines, or at direct access ramps to NE 6th St in Bellevue or NE 128th St in Totem Lake
|Interactive map: Learn where you can enter and exit the lanes and what |
the toll rate signs will look like during your trip.
7. Enforcement – Washington State Patrol will enforce the express toll lanes. Troopers will know when a vehicle is using a Flex Pass or motorcycle pass to avoid tolls. There will be extra troopers in the corridor enforcing the carpool requirement.
8. Animated videos – Watch a playlist of short videos or this 4.5-minute "Everything You Need to Know" video.
9. Motorcycles – All motorcycles will need a motorcycle pass to ride toll-free in the express toll lanes. You can get a free motorcycle pass while supplies last in 2015 by taking a brief survey.
10. GoodToGo405.com – Visit the official website for the I-405 express toll lanes, with the above information and more.
Less than two weeks to go!