Tolls Considered for Puget Sound HighwaysApril 24th, 2008 by ed friedrich
This is hot off the AP wire. Actually, it’s an AP rewrite of a
Seattle Times story.
SEATTLE (AP) — What if all major roads in the Seattle area had tolls?
A Puget Sound Regional Council report says it could eliminate traffic congestion.
The council’s “Traffic Choices” report says GPS and mobile phone technology could be used to track drivers and charge them for almost every mile they drive.
The report says there are no technological barriers to congestion pricing, but it raises questions about public policy, fairness and privacy.
The three-year study involved an experiment in which cars had devices to track driving. Drivers paid variable tolls and kept money left over. They took fewer trips and drove fewer miles.
One example from the study for a projected trip between Seattle and SeaTac: The 13-mile trip would take 22 minutes without tolls and 20 minutes with a toll of $3.56.