WA Official Calls a Toll Increase the “Last Resort” Response to I-405’s Operating Speed Problem

MYNorthwest.com reports that the toll on WSDOT’s I-405 Express during morning commutes consistently reaches the maximum rate of $10 “even around the holidays, when there were fewer cars on the road.” And yet, the facility is still failing to meet the federal minimum average operating speed standard (45 mph ninety percent of the time). Reema Griffith, Executive Director of the Washington State Transportation Commission, tells the website her agency could raise the maximum toll rate to price some motorists out of the lanes, but that is only one possible solution and a “last resort action.” The website expects state lawmakers to probe an increase in the maximum toll rate this year.