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Thursday, December 22, 2011
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A week left to buy, activate, install Good To Go! pass
SEATTLE – Tolling on the State Route 520 floating bridge starts at 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29. That means drivers have T-minus seven days and counting to save $1.50 per toll by purchasing a Good To Go! pass, opening an account and activating the pass.
“We have seen a lot of activity at our customer service centers, mobile customer service stations and online. More than 12,000 accounts have been activated since Dec. 9, the day after we announced the SR 520 toll start date,” said Washington State Department of Transportation Toll Division Director Craig Stone. “We know there are more drivers who need to set up Good To Go! accounts.”
Drivers have one week to buy, install and activate the Good To Go! pass. With a Good To Go! pass, drivers will save $1.50 each way in tolls when they cross the SR 520 floating bridge.
“Remember, you need to get the pass and set up an account and put $30 on it,” Stone said.
As part of testing, the electronic toll system has been tracking vehicles daily and generating data about traffic volumes and Good To Go! passes. The most recent data shows about 20 percent of the vehicles have the Good To Go! pass. More than 100,000 vehicles use the bridge each day.
Good To Go! passes work on the SR 520 floating bridge, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the State Route 167 HOT lanes. More than 125,000 Good To Go! accounts have opened since February 2011. More than 13,000 new accounts have been logged since the start date for tolling on SR 520 was announced Dec. 9, and calls to customer service have tripled since then.
“The clock is ticking – it’s easy to buy, activate and install the passes,” Stone said. “It’s time to get ready.”
How to get ready
- Purchase a Good To Go! pass and activate and install it before tolling starts Dec. 29.
- Update existing account information, including credit card or bank information and vehicle license plate numbers.
Where to get a pass and open an account
Buy any of the five pass options online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/goodtogo.
About tolling on the SR 520 bridge
Tolling on SR 520 is expected to raise $1 billion overall toward the $4.65 billion SR 520 bridge replacement and HOV program, which builds 12.8 miles of safety and mobility improvements from Interstate 5 in Seattle to SR 202 in Redmond. The existing SR 520 floating bridge opened to traffic in 1963, and is vulnerable to sinking during a severe storm after weathering decades of wind and waves. The new bridge will better withstand storms and move more people across the lake with a new transit/HOV lane for buses and carpools in each direction. The target date to open the new bridge to traffic is December 2014.
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