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I-90 Tolling Meeting Set for Wednesday in Bellevue

Got an opinion on the possibility of tolls on Interstate 90? The Washington State Department of Transportation is holding a meeting and information session on the idea in Bellevue on Wednesday.

Both bridges across Lake Washington could be tolled by 2015, as the state considers putting a toll on the Interstate 90 bridge. 

Got an opinion on the possibility of tolls on Interstate 90? The Washington State Department of Transportation is holding a meeting and information session on the idea at Bellevue City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation officials. Congestion also has increased on Interstate 5, Interstate 90 and State Route 522 as drivers avoid tolls on SR 520, according to state officials.

If the state legislature approves the change, tolls on Interstate 90 could start as soon as 2015, according to Washington State Department of Transportation officials.

The Wednesday night meeting at Bellevue City Hall is part of the environmental assessment that will evaluate the effects of tolling Interstate 90 between I-5 in Seattle and Interstate 405, according to the state.

If you can't make the meetings, the state is accepting public comment online at:www.wsdot.wa.gov/tolling/i90/onlinescoping. Those interested may also submit comments by e-mail at:I90EAcomments@wsdot.wa.gov, or traditional mail to: Angela Angove, 999 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98104. Mailed comments must be postmarked by Feb. 22, 2013.

If you go 

I-90 Tolling Environmental Assessment Public Meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 4 p.m., Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue.

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Reporting by Kendall Watson was used in this article.

Hashtag_David January 30, 2013 at 08:30 PM
If tolling is placed on I-90 my family will either need to move out of Bellevue or find jobs on the Eastside. I think that tolling is particularly hard for middle to lower-income families, who also happen to have a majority of non-white residents and may unintentionally (or intentionally?) send a message that the region does not want a ethnically and economically diverse population. We already know that tolling will push a huge percentage of the population to public transportation and I have heard of no plans for increasing buses or routes and light rail, after 15 years of promises, seems like a fairy tail. When it is finally in place, the demographic most likely to use it will have long been forced out of the region and it will be a ghost train, just like the one in San Jose. I moved back to this region from the north east 20 years ago because living and working in the Puget Sound region was so much less stressful and so much more affordable. Those incentives are no longer here.

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