By: KIRO 7 News Staff
Tolls in the State Route 99 Tunnel start at 5 a.m. Nov. 9.
Those with a Good To Go! pass will get the lowest toll rates possible – from $1 to $2.25, depending on the time of day.
The toll prices with a Good to Go! pass registered on an account will be as follows; those paying by mail will be charged $2 more for each rate listed below.
- 6 – 7 a.m. – $1.25
- 7 – 9 a.m. – $1.50
- 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – $1.25
- 3 – 6 p.m. – $2.25
- 6 – 11 p.m. – $1.25
- 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. – $1
WSDOT said there will be three ways to pay the SR 99 tunnel toll:
- Lowest rate – Drivers with a registered Good To Go! pass, registered on an account, will always pay the lowest toll rate when using the SR 99 tunnel and other toll roads statewide.
- 25 cents extra per trip – Drivers who open a Good To Go! account and register their license plate, called Pay By Plate, will pay an extra 25 cents per toll, on top of the Good To Go! pass toll rate.
- $2 extra per trip – Drivers without a Good To Go! account will pay an extra $2 per toll and will receive their bill in the mail. Bills will be mailed to the vehicle owner registered with the Department of Licensing.
If you plan on avoiding the tunnel after the tolls begin, here’s where you’ll need to exit.
From the tunnel’s north end, the final SR 99 off-ramp before the tunnel is at Aurora Avenue and Harrison Street. Approaching the tunnel from the south, the final northbound off-ramp is at South Dearborn Street.
Tolling was pushed back to the fall by transportation officials in June, as the new toll vendor struggled to build a billing system.
WSDOT wanted problems fixed as the new vendor began missing deadlines last December and did not want to add tens of thousands of new customers to the system.
“WSDOT has been providing oversight, and we have expressed concern and frustration with the company as they have had milestones they have not met,” Emily Glad of the Washington State Department of Transportation said.