Broad Road Tolling Plan Eyed As Seattle Traffic Solution

<p>A recent report argues that tolls could provide the solution to Seattle's traffic congestion, but they would have to be very high, and very widely used.</p>
April 28, 2008, 6am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Widespread tolls could make chronic traffic congestion in Seattle and other cities "a thing of the past," a pioneering study says."

"Tolls could cut the average late-afternoon commute time from downtown Seattle to Tacoma by perhaps 40 percent. A typical rush-hour drive from Bellevue to Lynnwood could be trimmed by more than one-third, the Puget Sound Regional Council's 'Traffic Choices' report concludes."

"But those results would be achieved only by imposing tolls on a scale never attempted anywhere before."

"Drivers would pay a toll on almost every mile they drive - every freeway, every significant arterial. Global Positioning System (GPS) and cellular technology would track their travels. Tolls would be deducted from prepaid accounts."

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Published on Thursday, April 24, 2008 in The Seattle Times
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