If the idea of tolling on the SR 520 bridge isn’t your idea of “good news”, WSDOT is here to help at least make the process as convenient as possible. The agency recently unveiled five new devices for paying tolls without ever stopping, as part of the Good To Go! pass program. The new tolling passes, including smaller and movable options, will be available to drivers in early 2011, prior to the start of tolling.
According to WSDOT’s Toll Division Director Craig Stone, “Transponder technology has improved dramatically in the last few years. The new portfolio of Good To Go! passes offers a solution for nearly every vehicle and more convenience for drivers who use toll facilities throughout the state.” The new Good To Go! pass products include:
Standard Sticker Pass: A non-movable sticker about the size of a Band-Aid, this compact pass is barely noticeable when attached to a windshield near the rearview mirror. At $5, it’s expected to be the most popular new option.
Standard Movable Pass: Designed for those who want a single pass for multiple vehicles, this product is easy to move between vehicles. The $8 pass adheres to the windshield with Velcro behind the rearview mirror. It must be mounted to work correctly.
Movable Pass with On/Off Option: Ideal for those who carpool in the HOT lanes, this transponder has an on/off switch to deactivate it when driving with a passenger in the HOT lane. This $12 pass also attaches with Velcro to the windshield behind the rearview mirror.
Motorcycle Sticker Pass: This non-transferable sticker pass is transparent and adheres to a motorcycle’s headlamp. It’s virtually invisible once attached. Motorcycle passes will retail for $8.
External Mount License Plate Pass: The external pass might be a good alternative for people looking for something other than a windshield-mounted transponder. This weather-resistant transponder attaches with screws horizontally to the front license plate. While removable, this $12 pass is not intended for frequent switching between vehicles.
Tolling on the existing SR 520 bridge is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2011 and with it comes an expansion of the Good To Go! program already in place on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the SR 167 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. Drivers with prepaid Good To Go! accounts travel at highway speeds as the system detects their pass and automatically deducts the toll amount from their accounts. Drivers can link several passes to a single account, permitting them to select the best pass option for each vehicle.
For more information about Good To Go! visit www.wsdot.gov/goodtogo.