WA Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Bill to Eliminate I-405 Express Toll Lanes

The Herald reports, “Opposing forces collided Wednesday [February 15] when a state Senate panel considered a bill [SB 5707] to get rid of the express toll lanes on I-405. [Links added.] Opponents, including two Snohomish County lawmakers, told the Senate Transportation Committee that many drivers are spending too much of their valuable time and money to use the lanes and not getting any smoother travel as promised.” The report adds, “Supporters countered that commuters and bus riders are enjoying slightly faster travel times throughout much of the 17-mile corridor since the lanes opened 17 months ago.”