Congestion Pricing Comes to Washington State
Highway 167 In Auburn, WA
In fact, the Seattle Times actually reports that traffic rode smoothly this weekend with only minor confusion amongst motorists.
The first day of experimental "HOT lanes" on Highway 167 went well Saturday, despite a "perfect storm" of traffic snarls, said state Department of Transportation officials.
Torrents of rain, a police chase, a collision and construction on Interstate 405 combined to create slowdowns on Saturday.
Still, 215 people paid tolls that varied from 50 cents to $1.75 for the privilege of driving alone in the high-occupancy/toll lane, said Craig Stone, regional administrator for the state Department of Transportation.
To learn more about the 4-year HOT Lanes pilot program in Washington, go to articles in the Seattle Post Intelligencer, view a news report by Seattle's NBC affiliate, or read a press release by the FHWA.