Washington State to study tolling for low-income drivers, considers subsidizing rides

The Washington State Transportation Commission is preparing to study a low-income tolling program.

The WSTC is considering ways to subsidize toll rides for low-income drivers who need to take toll roads but can’t afford the cost.

They’ll study the tolls on I-450 and SR 167, though the lessons could be applied to other toll roads in Western Washington. As of now, they’re scheduled to provide findings of the study to the State Legislature in 2021.

The SR 99 Tunnel tolling begins November 9. Drivers will pay anywhere from $1 on the weekends to $2.25 during the evening rush hour.

Some say those tolls put an unfair burden on drivers with less money.