Washington SB 5018 – Replacing the Interstate 405 express toll lanes with a general purpose lane and a high occupancy vehicle lane
Replacing the Interstate 405 express toll lanes with a general purpose lane and a high occupancy vehicle laneFull Bill Text
UPDATE February 22, 2019: Scheduled for Transportation Committee hearing on February 26th.
SB 5018 was introduced to the Senate on January 14, 2019 and referred to the Transportation Committee. No committee dates have yet been set for hearings or a vote.
While replacing express toll lanes with a general purpose lane is beneficial for road users, the conversion to a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane is not.
The NMA opposes the development and designation of HOV lanes. All motorists are required to pay taxes to build the highway system, and therefore should be entitled to the full use of that system.
HOV lanes depend on congestion for their appeal and thereby serve as a disincentive to reduce congestion for non-HOV lane users. HOV lanes use valuable highway corridor space that could be used to serve the entire population using that given highway, not just those who carpool or ride buses.