Thursday, October 24, 2019

Top 5 things to know about SR 99 tunnel tolling

By Heather Hernandez

This weekend marks two weeks until Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, when the new SR 99 tunnel officially becomes Seattle's first tolled road.

Check out this new video to learn everything you need to know about how tolling will work in the SR 99 tunnel, including toll rates, how to pay, signage and why we're tolling.
Here are the top 5 things for drivers to know about this change:
  1. There are three ways to pay the SR 99 tunnel toll.
    • Lowest rate - Drivers with an installed Good To Go! pass, registered to an account, will always pay the lowest toll rate when using the SR 99 tunnel and other toll roads statewide. Important: If you already have a Good To Go! pass it will work in the tunnel and you do not need another pass.
    • 25 cents extra per trip - Drivers who open a Good To Go! account and register their license plate, called Pay By Plate, will pay an extra 25 cents per toll, on top of the Good To Go! pass toll rate. This does not require installing a Good to Go! pass on your vehicle.
    • $2 extra per trip - Drivers without a Good To Go! account will pay an extra $2 per toll and will receive their bill in the mail.
  2. Toll rates vary by time of day and will range from $1 to $2.25 with a Good To Go! pass. Toll rates will vary based on the time of day you travel through the tunnel. With a Good To Go! pass, you'll always pay the lowest rate, with tolls ranging from $1 to $2.25. You can find rates either on our app, or online.
  3. Signs will alert drivers to the last exit before the toll.
    You'll see signs that say 'tolled tunnel ahead', and one final warning as you approach the tunnel entrance with a 'last exit before toll' sign. Toll rates are not displayed at the tunnel entrance, as the toll rate could change from when you enter the tunnel to when you exit.
  4. Get Good To Go! now to avoid the last minute rush!
    Check out our video for everything you need to know. Also here are a few quick pointers:
    • Already have a free pass? Set up your Good To Go! account and activate your pass today! If you got a free pass through the SR 99 incentive program or purchased one at QFC or Fred Meyer, it needs to be activated.
    • Need extra passes? Passes can also be purchased at our customer service centers in Bellevue or Seattle, some retail stores, and online while setting up your account.
    • Install your pass! Once your pass is linked to your account, it's time to follow the instructions included with your pass and install it in your vehicle.
  5. Tolling in the SR 99 tunnel helps pay for construction and maintenance costs.
    State law requires collecting tolls in the SR 99 tunnel in order to repay $200 million in construction bonds borrowed to build the tunnel and to fund the ongoing cost of operating and maintaining a safe facility. This funding is part of the $3.3 billion investment to replace the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct and rebuild SR 99 through Seattle.
Once your pass and account are set up, you're good to go through the SR 99 tunnel, and all other toll facilities in Washington state.